This Wednesday 1st June at 6:30pm, as a part of the Outside-in cinema series in Experimedia here at the Library, we will be showing the documentary Teenage Paparazzo, about the relationship between a hollywood star and a young member of the paparazzi.
There are many titles in the collection dealing with photographic representation of celebrities, both with and without the subject’s consent. Mr Paparazzi is one such title, an autobiography by Darreyn Lyons, one of the more successful and notorious paparazzo photographers.
Then there’s his forebears, such as Tazio Secchiaroli, whose legacy stretches back to a time before the word paparazzo existed, and when the monetary potential for taking shots of celebrities in scandalous situations was truly beginning to snowball.
Looking more broadly at the contemporary history of the cult of the celebrity as viewed through the photographic lens, The world’s most photographed gives a different perspective, showing the way pedestals are raised in a more consensul, though nonetheless manipulated, way.
All of these titles can be found on the shelves in the Arts Reading Room.