Groin Punches and Verbal Abuse: The Perils of Celeb Photography


While finding it hard to hit the bars set by Lamar Odom and Kanye West, celebrities and wannabe famous people continue to pioneer new avenues for abusing photographers. Just in the last few days:

  • Argentinian soccer coach Diego Maradona allegedly delivered a resounding kick in the groin to a photographer for a national celebrity magazine. Enrique Medina of Gente told the Associated Press that Maradona ran at him “like he was taking a free-kick” and connected so solidly with his crotch that he doubled over in pain. No word on whether he’ll press charges.
  • Meanwhile in Newark, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, arriving at a federal courthouse with wife and fellow “Real Housewives of New Jersey” “star” Teresa Guidice to face multiple bank fraud charges, encouraged one photographer to respect his personal space by almost smacking the camera out of his hands:

  • And in Los Angeles, “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, irked at a photographer pestering her with questions about her love life, informed the lensman he was a POS who doesn’t “deserve to breathe the same air I do.”

Now don’t you fee better about your job?

Image credit: “PappLosAngeles” by Blackbowl17

  • Chintogtokh

    I like how this article seems to be defending paparrazzi.

  • Yopyop

    Having a guy with his big camera 30 cm in front of you, totally normal, nobody should ever complain about this! The guy is “just doing his job”. I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for obnoxious photographers.

  • MikeAlgar42

    This article from the get go is frustrating. Firstly Papz =/= Photographers, furthermore they go out their way to incite reactions of abuse as that makes for better gossip. They shout from behind the lens at people (yes amazingly they classify as people too); they then question why they are getting abused back. The so called celebrities only become celebrities because they fill columns in magazines for people who seem to enjoy that sort of thing. It doesn’t mean that celebrities need to float on the air some of them wish they did, but they only think so because of the stupid attention that gets paid to them in tabloid spreads.

  • Christian DeBaun

    California passed an Anti-Paparazzi Law a year or two ago, but it’s too vague. Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed two charges in November, ruling the law is too broad and is unconstitutional.

    As long as the public has an appetite for “stars without makeup” or similar effluvia, we will be stuck with this behavior.

  • Rabi Abonour

    “Celebrity photography”? What a joke. Calling paparazzi celebrity photographers is an insult to the real portrait and news photographers who work with celebrities on a daily basis.

  • Banan Tarr

    This is a truly bad article. lmao

  • Right To Privacy?

    Maybe if they learned to respect healthy boundaries and the personal space of their victim-subjects (and stopped harassing ‘wannabe celebrities’), these parasites might provoke less well-deserved abuse.

  • RE Casper

    Make no mistake, I am not defending paparazzi actions… But let’s not forget the ball buster employers that demand this type of approach and this type of photographic nitch industry. They hold a lot of responsibility in these situations, far more than people care to talk about.

    If “this” or “that” photographer won’t do it, then they will find another who will. Photography isn’t the easiest industry to break into or make a living on. So there are many that are good people, but simply making ends meet by doing things they are ordered to do that they may not be keen on doing.

    Again, not defending the process… its heinous and incredibly annoying… just bringing some perspective to the table for the sake of discussion.

  • fortheloveofphotos

    I don’t know what point the author is trying to make. Since the point is not obvious and the content seems to lean towards favoring Paparrazzi, then I can only conclude that he is a hack writer and photographer that primarily makes a living by invading the privacy of celebrities. They’re normal people… leave them alone.

  • Marc Osborne Jr

    What the hell has happened to Petapixel? Its been declining in quality severely over the last few months….My regular reading of this website has declined to match.

  • kiko

    paparrazzi areusually skumbags

  • jim

    Paparrazzi are not photographers. They are stalkers.

  • Grethe Rosseaux

    I’m sorry, paparazzi may be the prostitutes of our industry but some “celebrities” also need a SERIOUS reality check. Being hunted by photographers is part of the job and you WANTED to be in that spotlight so suck it up, princess. There’s NO reason for them to act like barbarians.