Film director Federico Fellini sat next to a fast-talking boy at school. They called him ‘paparazzo’, taken from the Italian dialect for mosquito; irritating and intrusive by nature. Later, Fellini gave the same name to a character in the film ‘La Dolce Vita’ who played a pushy press photographer attempting to find his way into high society circuits. And so the term ‘paparazzi’ was born.
A good number of the images flooding our visual world today come courtesy of the paparazzi. In this Paparazzi issue you will see work from established paparazzi, nevertheless in a different context. We were curious if paparazzi photography is only vulgar and superficial or does it have the capacity to uplift itself and become photojournalism in its purest form or even art?
Cover Photo: Splash News
Photographers included in this issue:
Tazio Secchiaroli, Danielle van Ark, Ron Galella, Bruno Mouron, Pascal Rostain, Darryn Lyons.
225 x 168 mm