While the paparazzi are often harshly vilified by the media, celebrities, and onlookers alike, a new exhibit at the Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin presents their controversial work as a unique art form.


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The term 'paparazzo' (plural: paparazzi) was introduced to the world via Walter Santesso's role as a persistent news photographer in Federico Fellini's iconic 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. This started both a cultural 'Golden Age' in Italy, and a rampant international increase in brazen cameramen invading the personal space of celebrities for that perfect, intimate, newsworthy shot. Some stars were flattered, while others became violent. Artists and photo editors, such as the British Alison Jackson, even resorted to staging 'scandalous' photos of the rich and famous using lookalike actors.

The profession's glory days came to a screeching halt in 1997, when Princess Diana's tragic death in a Paris car crash was blamed by some media outlets on the paparazzi who chased her in a nearby vehicle. Today, the paparazzi face numerous legal restrictions as the catalysts for anti-stalking and harassment bills in many countries, and many are currently under restraining orders.

Whether you love or hate the job, the paparazzi photos showcased at Arrivano i Paparazzi in Turin provide a nostalgic window into the past, as well as poignant commentary on the struggle for privacy celebrities still face. Scroll down to see our favourite selections, and vote for the ones that made the most impact on you.

#1 Anita Ekberg Facing The Paparazzi With Bow And Arrows, October 20, 1960

Anita Ekberg Facing The Paparazzi With Bow And Arrows, October 20, 1960

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KK 8 months ago

Seeing the other pictures, I understand Anita Ekbergs sentiment.

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#2 Kate Moss And David Bowie, 2003

Kate Moss And David Bowie, 2003

Ellen von Unwerth Report

Yvonne Bernal 8 months ago

RELAX folks - YES, this is staged because it is one of many pics from a photoshoot of David Bowie and Kate Moss taken by the great Ellen von Unwerth for the October 2003 issue of Q magazine.

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#3 Jackie Kennedy Captured By A Celebrity Photographer While Walking Quietly On Madison Avenue In New York. October, 1971

Jackie Kennedy Captured By A Celebrity Photographer While Walking Quietly On Madison Avenue In New York. October, 1971

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lazy panda 8 months ago

There was a documentary about Jackie on Netflix a while back and apparently, this photographer stalked her to the point where she had to take out a restraining order on him.

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#4 Brigitte Bardot Leaves The Hotel Forum. Rome, 1965

Brigitte Bardot Leaves The Hotel Forum. Rome, 1965

Vittorio La Verde Report

Hamster 8 months ago

She looks like a giant.

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#5 Tazio Secchiaroli Flees An Angry Walter Chiari. The Actor At The Time Was In A Relationship With Superstar Ava Gardner And Was Followed Every Step By Paparazzi. Rome, 1957

Tazio Secchiaroli Flees An Angry Walter Chiari. The Actor At The Time Was In A Relationship With Superstar Ava Gardner And Was Followed Every Step By Paparazzi. Rome, 1957

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Agnes Jekyll 8 months ago

Before Paparazzi sued! Chiari has two fists with his name on both of them.

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#6 Sofia Loren At Ciampino Airport, Returning From The United States. Rome, November 14th, 1961

Sofia Loren At Ciampino Airport, Returning From The United States. Rome, November 14th, 1961

Agenzia Dufoto Report

just a thought ! 8 months ago

I know she must have not liked this ... But I really like this pic...

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#7 Aiché Nanà's Striptease At Rugantino's Restaurant, Rome 1958. Aiché Nanà And Tazio Secchiaroli, Whom Took The Picture, Were Both Fellini's Inspirations For The Film "La Dolce Vita." The Film's Character Paparazzo, Inspired By Secchiaroli, Is The Origin Of The Word Paparazzi

Aiché Nanà's Striptease At Rugantino's Restaurant, Rome 1958. Aiché Nanà And Tazio Secchiaroli, Whom Took The Picture, Were Both Fellini's Inspirations For The Film "La Dolce Vita." The Film's Character Paparazzo, Inspired By Secchiaroli, Is The Origin Of The Word Paparazzi

Tazio Secchiaroli Report

Raquel Leal 8 months ago

The difference between the men and women faces and body language is great!

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#8 Don Gussoni Quarrels With Photographer Giacomo Alexis, Rome 1959

Don Gussoni Quarrels With Photographer Giacomo Alexis, Rome 1959

Marcello Geppetti Report

GlassOfWater 8 months ago

Get back! Mother fluffer you don't know me like that.

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#9 Photojournalist Tazio Secchiaroli Hides Armed With His Camera. Rome, 1958

Photojournalist Tazio Secchiaroli Hides Armed With His Camera. Rome, 1958

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James A. Smith Jr. 8 months ago

He's not well hidden. Photo is proof

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#10 Lucien Benedetti And Marina Meucci Stand Against The Photographer. Rome, Circa 1965

Lucien Benedetti And Marina Meucci Stand Against The Photographer. Rome, Circa 1965

Agenzia Dufoto Report

James A. Smith Jr. 8 months ago

Do you see this hand? Do you SEE THIS HAND?!!

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#11 Stefania Sandrelli. Rome, Early 60s

Stefania Sandrelli. Rome, Early 60s

Agenzia Dufoto Report

Chicago Kitty 8 months ago

I feel claustrophobic just looking at this photo...

#12 Soraya's Arrival At Termini Station Attracts The Attention Of "Assault Photographers"

Soraya's Arrival At Termini Station Attracts The Attention Of "Assault Photographers"

Agenzia Dufoto Report

Rosa Kim 8 months ago

jEsus people don't you know about PERSONAL SPACE?!!?!?

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#13 Anthony Steel Lashes Out Against Photographers. Rome, August 1958

Anthony Steel Lashes Out Against Photographers. Rome, August 1958

Tazio Secchiaroli Report

Ok Ha-Neul 8 months ago

he's getting chased and still taking pictures? wow this dude has the dedication of a thousand hungry roaches

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#14 Alain Delon And Romy Schneider Dance During The Golden Age Ciak Evening At Brigadoon Restaurant. Rome, July 29, 1961

Alain Delon And Romy Schneider Dance During The Golden Age Ciak Evening At Brigadoon Restaurant. Rome, July 29, 1961

Marcello Geppetti Report

Sykes 8 months ago

He looks in between of Clint Eastwood and Jared Leto

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#15 Paparazzi Colleagues Chatting On Break In Sistina Street, Rome, 1958

Paparazzi Colleagues Chatting On Break In Sistina Street, Rome, 1958

Ezio Vitale Report

#16 Marilyn Monroe Lookalike Underessing Before Jfk Impersonator

Marilyn Monroe Lookalike Underessing Before Jfk Impersonator

Alison Jackson Report

Cesi Baca 8 months ago

This is a staged photo shoot as well. WTH?

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#17 Patrizia Pellegrino With Her Children Play On The Marina Beach

Patrizia Pellegrino With Her Children Play On The Marina Beach

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blugeagua 8 months ago

A water gun in the shape of an actual gun...... the fuck

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