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Plying Their Dark Trade: New Book on Paparazzi

Posted by Fara Kearnes on August 2, 2005 11:19 PM |

Paparazzi Book coverStalking the wild star like Lindsay or Paris, getting punched out by the likes of Sean Penn, or just being in front of a Starbucks when lil' MK emerges and holds up her tiny violin arms trying to block her face, it's all part of the (well-paid) job of the paparazzi.

In "Paparazzi : And Our Obsession with Celebrity" by Peter Howe, the latest book entry on the world of the stalking paparazzi, we see the "origins, the ethics, the stalkers and stalkees, and our insatiable appetite for celebrity that keeps these photographers in such demand."

With more than 200 tabloid-worthy photographs accompanying interviews with the top snappers of the dark trade, as well as with magazine editors, and celebrities, Howe gives the reader the real stories of how photogs pursue shots of the world's most famous faces.

More from the book: The paparazzi know Cameron Diaz uses obscene gestures, an open umbrella or a circuitous route to ruffle them. They're wary of Brad Pitt because they know he may lob a greasy hamburger if they get too close. They know Ben Affleck isn't afraid of a high-speed chase and Charlize Theron won't hesitate to fight back when she's in a foul mood...
, ...They know that Nicole Kidman is sometimes listed in hotel logs as "Ruby Slipper" and Jude Law as "Mr. Blue." They know Tom Cruise stays hidden unless he's promoting a new movie. And after one of their own crashed his car into Lindsay Lohan's Mercedes last week, they know to handle her with kid gloves for awhile...

...the paparazzi are commandos. They memorize license plates and celebrity pseudonyms. They pay relatives, personal trainers, valets and airline industry staff for tips. They hire helicopters, yachts, motorcyclists, even submarines to get their shot..."

Us Weekly magazine told the author that the magazine receives 45,000 to 50,000 images every week, three-quarters of which are paparazzo shots.

Check out more info on the book "Paparazzi" at amazon.com.

...They know that Nicole Kidman is sometimes listed in hotel logs as "Ruby Slipper" and Jude Law as "Mr. Blue." They know Tom Cruise stays hidden unless he's promoting a new movie. And after one of their own crashed his car into Lindsay Lohan's Mercedes last week, they know to handle her with kid gloves for awhile...

...the paparazzi are commandos. They memorize license plates and celebrity pseudonyms. They pay relatives, personal trainers, valets and airline industry staff for tips. They hire helicopters, yachts, motorcyclists, even submarines to get their shot..."

Us Weekly magazine told the author that the magazine receives 45,000 to 50,000 images every week, three-quarters of which are paparazzo shots.

Check out more info on the book "Paparazzi" at amazon.com.



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