Short documentary looks at a day in the life of a paparazzo
posted Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM EST
It’s a thankless job, but as long as the money keeps flowing, the paparazzi will keep shoving their cameras into celebrities’ faces.
There are real people behind the lenses, though, and this short documentary from the You Hate My Job series at Marketplace.org shows off a more personal, human side of the controversial profession. In the clip, a crew rides along with veteran paparazzo Giles Harrison for a day on the job.
Harrison spends most of his day cruising around Los Angeles in a Cadillac Escalade, looking for celebrities doing, well, anything. He offers some quick, often puzzling lessons on the biz. Box-office champ Zach Galifianakis isn’t worth a trip, but Dylan McDermott doing pushups in his jeans is big money. There’s also a brief pursuit scene, in which Harrison thinks he’s spotted Ewan McGregor on a motorcycle and gives chase. False alarm: It's just some guy on his way to bank.
The clip is light on technical details—Harrison shoots Nikon, and that’s as much as we learn about his gear or technique—but it does paint the profession in a different light that most of us are used to seeing. And hey, if Harrison really does make a salary in the high six-figures as he says, it can’t be all bad. Check out the full story at Marketplace.org.