What’s it like to work as a paparazzi?

photographer hiding in bushes
By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout
Being a Paparazzi is hours of boredom, moments of action (when a celebrity may be sighted, and photographed), and negotiation for fees for pictures. It is surveillance work, and requires some detective work, knowing people who can give you information on a specific star’s whereabouts, (and sometimes paying for the info). You also can be detested, Scorned, punched/threatened/assaulted, and jailed, if you are too aggressive. You also may be carrying expensive lenses and cameras, which can be subject to damage. If you are good, the reward is cash for your photos. You also have to know publicists, who may compel you to photograph their clients so they can get exposure in the tabloids.
How Paparazzi Work – How Stuff works
Oops! I'm the Paparazzi.
Paparazzi exist to feed the hunger of the press and the famous for more exposure – While I am sure many are professional and have some respect for the subjects, many are invasive and push the limits to get their pictures.  This can mean anything from an argument with a celebrity (or their bodyguards) to a fight that ends with someone arrested, or even loss of life (in the case of Princess Diana).
Reddit discussion– “If stalking is a crime,why are paparazzi tolerated?”
And now, Paparazzi need to be savvy with operating Drones!
Up and coming stars seek out the attention of Paparazzi to get more exposure and celebrity status.  If they are fortunate and become famous, they frequently “turn” on the paparazzi and deny them access, abandoning the resource they needed to get their fame.
So if I have not freaked you out, please hire me to train you as a world-class drone piloting, risk-taking Paparazzi at my famous photographer school. (Just joking, although a kickstarter for this may be fun).  Take a look at my Photography blog: The Good Shots.
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Edited and expanded from my answer on Quora.

 

 
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Burning Man and Celebrity attendees

Burning Man, the annual festival in the Nevada desert, attracts many people – known as “Burners”.  In the past, Celebrities have made the pilgrimage to see the man burn.

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This is Burning Man, From Amazon Books

While some celebrities quietly attend the festival, others treat it as a media experience.  Movie star Susan Sarandon stayed in a celebrity camp at Burning Man in 2015.  Her visit was showcased in This Insider.

 

Susan Sarandon at Burning Man, 2015

Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg erect fancy luxury camps in advance, many others arrive to the playa with no plan and pitch their tents where they find space.

There is even a concierge service, to provide elite burners services and facilities above and beyond what mere attendees are offered.  See the website, Burners.me .

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Google maps as the unofficial 2018 map of Burning man.

Among attendees in the past, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry, an assortment of Victoria’s secret models (Sara Sampaio goes every year), Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.   Burning man requires some preparation,   and burners need to bring a weeks worth of food, bottled water, funky and practical clothes, Goggles, face masks (for dust storms), and items for giving and exchanging.  Diplo comes in a huge “Art Car”.   If you are not handy, you can buy Burning man outfits on Amazon and eBay.

 

Here is the wikipedia entry on Burning man.

Books and memorabilia from burning man, on eBay.

Getting around the Playa is done by foot, tricked out bicycle, and Art cars, which are the only vehicles allowed.  (RV’s  and cars are parked for the entire week).

Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend Imogen Anthony got the Burning Man memo. Picture: @imogen_anthony/Instagram

If you are a Burner or just fascinated with Burning Man, take note of who attends – This may be one of the coolest festivals on the Planet!

IF you are reading this after attending burning man, please attend a “decompression event”.  Note this article from the NY Post.

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