You Hate My Job: A BTS Look at The Life and Routine of a Paparazzi Photographer

In a new series of videos put together by Marketplace, You Hate My Job goes around and documents the occupations that often get a bad rap and are overall disliked by most of humanity. The first in the series follows a profession that is, without a doubt, one of the most hated (and possibly misunderstood) by the entire photo community: Paparazzi.

Following around paparazzo and owner of London Entertainment Group, Giles Harrison, the show gives us an inside look at the daily routine of a celebrity photographer. Tackling questions such as why he does it and what his thoughts are on the celebs that dislike paparazzi, he brings a very human element to a profession that often seems cold as ice.

It might not melt your heart or all of a sudden make you consider taking up a job as a paparazzo — although Harrison’s salary of “high six figures” certainly sounds nice — but it’s well worth six and a half minutes of your time.

And if you want more details — including 11 extremely interesting facts put together by Marketplace while creating this video — head on over to the original article.

(via Marketplace)

  • Matthew Sumpter

    Very cool… but I found the host kinda boring and not very engaging. You can see him talking over the guy’s response towards the end! It’s like he was asking questions he didn’t want to get answers to. I really wanted to know more from the shooters side of why he feels it gets a bad rap and how he handles that.

  • Toby Hawkins

    He seems like a nice guy in the video, but how he chooses to make a living still makes him an arsehole.

  • bob cooley

    When I used to work primarily as a photojournalist, I met some crack dealers that were pretty nice personally, too. The profession they chose still makes them scumbags…

  • OtterMatt

    How likeable he may or may not be is a non-issue. Paparazzi are the primary reason that idiots are arguing in favor of banning public photography on the Hungry post. Our culture is sick, especially for fostering this sort of industry.

  • Daz

    I wonder how they would feel if they get photographed everywhere they went? I still don’t get how this is not stalking?

  • Rabi Abonour

    Without casting judgment on the subject (I’m not really interested in another paparazzi debate), I thought it was a fun little piece. Also, as a longtime Marketplace listener, it was weird to actually *see* Kai Ryssdal for the first time.

  • David Arthur

    well it was interesting to watch, but I feel like the reason people hate them was avoided

  • Andrew Iverson

    I don’t think it’s a job i could ever do, much too introverted for that, but the documentary Smash his Camera is a better look at the job i feel. At least how it used to be, not as much currently though.

  • iAwani

    yeah, he seems like a nice guy ..

  • Cliché

    Somewhere people are paying to see his photos,
    1 – no public no paparazzi.
    2 – no publication no fame
    3 – no fame no millions

  • Larissa

    All celebrities can move to Hungary. With this new ask-for-permission law, the paparazzi have no business there. :) “Can I take this photo of you doing your grocery shopping looking like any other human being” No.

  • Larissa

    millions come from fame. agreed
    But fame doesn’t come from photos of you eating a sandwich or doing your groceries.
    There are LOTS of photos of celebrities at events and lots more from photo shoots for magazines.
    Paparazzi photos are useless to the consumer. And I’m talking here about the stupidity of consumers to want to see these photos, to me it feels so intrusive, without even mentioning totally uninteresting!

  • Tables turned

    As long as there are people wanting to see Brangelina grocery shopping in pixelated images taken a mile away, there will be paparazzi.

    The same goes for drug dealers.

    I’m not saying these things are “good”, I’m only saying they exist because there is demand for it.

    End the demand for it and boom! no more paparazzi or drug dealers.

    If I for one were someone rich and famous, I would certainly hire a team of photographers to take candid photos of paparazzi and publish them in magazines. Why has no one thought of this yet?

  • Jake

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Paparazzi wouldn’t have jobs if there weren’t lucrative public demand for them, and celebrities would want their jobs if they honestly couldn’t stand paparazzi/media, but everyone knows what comes with the territory. Paparazzi are just one part of the whole cycle of mass media that everyone is aware of, so nobody should have to apologize for anymore.

  • Jake

    I have far greater respect for paparazzi than I do for Justin Bieber or post-“Passion” Mel Gibson.

  • ACM

    Same here. Having never looked at a picture of Kai, I was surprised that my mental image was pretty close.

    Marketplace is, by far, my favorite half hour of radio.

  • bob cooley

    I have zero respect for any of the above – Bieber, or the paparazzi… They are all a waste of air.

  • bob cooley

    Right, so blame the junkie, not the crack dealer.

  • Jake

    I’m not sure if your answer really can be inferred from what I said, but if you want to go that route, I’m blaming junkies, dealers, cooks, drug lords, crooked cops, ineffectual good cops, poverty… And for the record, I’ve successfully and easily quit or just tried a couple times more drugs in my life than most people I know have ever taken, so yeah, I have no problem blaming junkies along with everyone else.

  • Shlomo Levi

    hate?? no, disdain is more proper word

    look in dictionary
    disgust aversion, антипатия, distaste revulsion repulsion repugnance loathing abhorrence abomination

  • Guest

    Agreed. The Paparazzi also would not have their jobs if the celebrities publicists didn’t call them to let them know where they would be on a daily basis, giving the celebrities (not all, but many), the attention they so badly seek.

  • Me, Just… Me

    For me, it’s not so much the reason they have the job. I understand the whole media, supply demand, and us reading these things as being as much of the issue as any. But I think the biggest problem with the paparazzi is the way a lot of them go about it. Why do you need to crowd a person so they can’t walk by you, why yell things at them and harass? Why jump their fences and get onto their private property? Box them in with your cars while driving? THAT is not the fault of the people writing the articles, or the ones reading it. Those invasions lie solely on the paparazzi.