The paparazzi can receive up to thousands of dollars for candid pictures of celebrities. As celebrities become more popular, the public wants to know what their doing every second of every day, even when they aren’t on camera. The paparazzi make it their job to find those things out
Paparazzi are photographers who repeatedly hunt celebrities, public figures and their families for a chance to photograph them in candid, unflattering and at times compromising moments (Valdes). The paparazzi are self-employed photographers who generally make their living by selling their images to gossip websites, television studios, and magazines (Many Paparazzi). As our cultures’ uncontrolled longing for celebrity snapshots grows, so do the prices of these photos and the risks the paparazzi will take to get them. The paparazzi work much like private detectives (Valdes). They will travel by train, plane, automobile, helicopter or speedboat to find their target (Schwarzenegger). Each paparazzo chooses a system of informers to keep tabs on celebrity targets. The paparazzi also work with autographers, who stalk celebrities, come up to them in public places and ask them for their autograph. They then make their earnings by selling the autographs to fans and resellers. In many cases, people who work for the star might be bribed to expose where their employer is (Valdes). The paparazzi have had a powerful amount of negative press against them because of incidental reports where they have violated the celebrity’s civil rights to privacy as well as some situations of assault (Many Paparazzi).
Paparazzi sell their photos to the highest bidder. Depending on the scenario, subject and quality of the photos, they can sell for anywhere between a couple hundred to several thousand dollars (Valdes). In some cases, the celebrity can also be getting money. Celebrity photos can mean big bucks, especially when it comes to major milestones. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore received $3 million from OK magazine for their marriage in 2005, and Eva Longoria and Tony Parker received $2 million from OK magazine for photos of their luxurious wedding in Paris, France. Expectant celebrities can also rake in big bucks. People magazine also paid $14 million for the first pictures of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie twins (Schwarzenegger). Now, paparazzi tend to use several vehicles to “box in” a celebrity’s vehicle, try to force them off the road, chase them at high speeds as they are simply running errands, often with their children, and recklessly put pedestrians, other drivers, and even themselves at risk (Halbfinger).
Princess Diana was the most desired target over the past decade. She was killed on August 31st, 1997 in an auto accident that reportedly occurred when she was being chased through the streets of Paris by the paparazzi (Barbash). Being chased by hungry-driven paparazzi on all sides, Diana’s Mercedes Benz sedan crashed shortly after midnight Paris time (3 p.m. Pacific time) in...