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.

#2 Kate Moss And David Bowie, 2003

Kate Moss And David Bowie, 2003

Ellen von Unwerth Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 week 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

Ron Galella Report

lazy panda 1 week 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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#11 Stefania Sandrelli. Rome, Early 60s

Stefania Sandrelli. Rome, Early 60s

Agenzia Dufoto Report

Chicago Kitty 1 week ago

I feel claustrophobic just looking at this photo...

#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 1 week ago

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

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