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.
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
#3 Jackie Kennedy Captured By A Celebrity Photographer While Walking Quietly On Madison Avenue In New York. October, 1971
#4 Brigitte Bardot Leaves The Hotel Forum. Rome, 1965
#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
#6 Sofia Loren At Ciampino Airport, Returning From The United States. Rome, November 14th, 1961
#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
#8 Don Gussoni Quarrels With Photographer Giacomo Alexis, Rome 1959
#9 Photojournalist Tazio Secchiaroli Hides Armed With His Camera. Rome, 1958
#10 Lucien Benedetti And Marina Meucci Stand Against The Photographer. Rome, Circa 1965