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Paparazzi Presentation.

How the Paparazzi as a social group have evolved and changed over time.
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Tallulah Watson

on 28 March 2010

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Transcript of Paparazzi Presentation.

PAPARAZZI What are the Paparazzi? The paparazzi are one of the most ‘fascinating and feared by-products of pop culture’. Their job is to hunt and stalk public figures, using their camera as their weapon. Paparazzi are known for ‘relentlessly shadowing’ celebrities, capturing pictures of them at unflattering moments/ in compromising positions, and then selling them on to tabloids and magazines for large sums of money.

Paparazzi also collect insider information such as gossip and rumours, which are also sold on. Where did the name come from? The term ‘paparazzi’ ultimately originated from a character in the 1960 Italian film, La Dolce Vita.
The director of the film, Federico Fellini, created Paparazzo, a street photographer (society’s name for the paparazzi when they first began). The inspiration for Paparazzo (meaning an irritating mosquito) came from Tazio Secchiaroli, one of the few street photographers at the time. Secchiaroli became famous when he captured candid photos of public figures enraged at a local restaurant. Fellini consulted Secchiaroli while creating Paparazzo’s character. BACK THEN... what was the context of paparazzi in the 1960s? The paparazzi started off as street photographers, which boosted in popularity after the release of La Dolce Vita. As the interest in this trend got larger, so did the interest in celebrities private lives. Society transitioned form the idea of posed, formal photos to candid photography that showed celebrities up.
However, the paparazzi and street photography, as it was called, had many major differences and drawbacks than paparazzi today. Technology was poorer, so cameras were hardly portable they were large, heavy, and tricky to manoeuvre. If you did manage to get the right shot, however, there was still the expensive process of developing the film and the snail-mail or hand delivery. The character of the paparazzi were different as well they were less intrusive and more conscious of privacy laws, and their techniques (for catching celebrities at the worst time possible) weren’t as advanced as they are today. TODAY... what is the context of paparazzi now? Today, the paparazzi are very different to what they were 50 years ago. It has become a highly competitive business, which is fuelled by the want of fame and money everything depends on getting that one shot. For them, life is a constant game of cat and mouse.
Popular women’s magazines (such as New Idea and OK! Magazine), tabloids (like the Sun and the Mirror) and even some teen magazines (Girlfriend and Creme) have risen to fame alongside the paparazzi. They all play a large part in society, with millions of readers worldwide.
Since the 1960s, technology has greatly advanced, which the paparazzi use to their advantage. Now cameras, both video and picture, have become so portable that they can even be carried in back pockets. A popular paparazzi tool is the camera phone, which means communication with other paparazzi and photography in one, handheld device. It’s now easier to conceal their work than ever. As prices continue to sky rocket along with society’s hunger for these incriminating photos, paparazzi have begun to employ workers, enabling them to function not unlike a detective. Within their ‘team’, they include people who have worked with the desired celebrity in the past (meaning they have insider information), owners of businesses frequently visited by public figures, and autographers (who stalk celebrities for their autographs).
The Sun & The Mirror A tabloid is an entertainment magazine that emphasizes and exaggerates scandalous stories about celebrities lives. looking at tabloids Tabloids source their information and photographs from paparazzi worldwide they’re the ones that pay so much money for the photographs the paparazzi relentlessly work to capture. They work on the human fascination with drama, especially in the lives of those constantly in the public eye. The paparazzi usually provide photographic evidence for these stories, sold to the tabloids at a high price. The Sun and The Mirror, in particular, are both major British tabloids that have a large influence on society.
The death of Princess Diana and how it affected the paparazzi Princess Diana was the first wife of Prince Charles of Wales, and was put under the public spotlight after their engagement was announced. Being in the royal family, she became the subject of much scrutiny, but she won over the public through her large amount of charity work (which won her the Nobel peace prize). She became a favoured public figure, and the paparazzi wanted nothing more than to get a candid photograph of her. However, on the 31st of August, 1997, Princess Diana’s driver crashed while speeding away from the crowd of paparazzi behind them. She died as a result of the injuries the crash caused.

Princess Diana’s death became a subject of heated controversy - did the paparazzi kill Diana? This event put paparazzi in the public eye, turning many against them as stories were told of how the paparazzi stood and took photos while Diana lived her last moments.
How has this changed my opinion? Over the time of collecting this information, my opinion of paparazzi noticably changed. Reading through stories of celebrity harassment, I went from having a neutral opinion on paparazzi to seeing it as a shallow, money-hungry business. Everything hinges on one photo, and the paparazzi are extremely abusive of privacy laws. I think the process is very unethical, and I don’t think anyone should be allowed to stalk someone else so relentlessly. by tallulah watson THE END.
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