The French call them images volées or “stolen images”. They are the paparazzo’s stock-in-trade: a blurred photograph of a celebrity getting out of a car, hands obscuring their face, a famous person playing with their child in a park viewed through a grainy telephoto lens or a nubile young starlet sunbathing on the deck of a private yacht on holiday.
The “stolen” nature of these images — and the associated implication of a predatory force capturing something the subject wishes to keep closely guarded — is explored in a major new exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Metz in the north-east of France. Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists seeks to examine the modus operandi of some of the most successful paparazzi photographers of the last 50 years and to unpick the complex reciprocal ties that bind together photographer and subject.
“Paparazzi! How an unloved profession has shaped us” —The Guardian
Shared on Mar 02, 2014