Watch: BTS Film Reveals An Insane Day In The Life Of A Paparazzi Photographer
You previously saw this short film on one day in the life of a graphic designer that would leave you with mixed feelings. Now, the spotlight turns to a wholly different specialization within the media industry: paparazzi.
These independent, freelance photographers who earn through capturing, and selling, images of celebrities have a poor reputation for being invasive, rude, and stalker-like.
But are all paparazzi like that? In this short film by BuzzFeedVideo, the team goes behind-the-scenes to discover what one day in this line of work is like from the shoes of Miles Diggs, one of the independent photographers on this scene who’s on friendly terms with stars including Rihanna and Ariana Grande.
The ex-NYU student has been capturing images of celebrities for five years alongside his partner-in-crime and fellow paparazzo Cesar Peña. The duo, called 247Paps, works out of their mobile office that has everything a hustling paparazzo needs: wi-fi; hiding spot; vehicle. “It’s everything that we need, all our work is done from there throughout the day.”
“There’s tendency to think that paparazzi are invading people’s privacy, you know, hiding in the bushes, trying to get some scandalous photo, we’re just out here making a living just like every other person,” opens Diggs in the short film.
Diggs sheds light on how the photographers function about their hectic schedules, the work flow, and how the prices of certain images fluctuate depending on external factors.
The video has left viewers with differing opinions. YouTube user ‘Rida Madani’ commented, “Tbh we all are guilty of following celeb news so there is a demand for photos taken by paparazzi. We the consumers are truthfully to blame.”
YouTuber user ‘Ben Long’ added, “That’s so sweet that Rihanna and Ariana are both friendly with them since they’re actually some of the few paparazzi that are nice and respectful apparently.”
On the other hand, ‘Jadiewady’ pointed out, “I still don’t get it. They say that they are nice and respectful, but he also says, ‘We have to check every face because [the celebrities] could be undercover.’ I mean, if they are clearly trying not to be seen, then they don’t want to be seen. Say what you want, but that’s not respectful.”
YouTube user ‘Sage’ described the film as “romanticizing the invasion of people’s personal lives.”
Watch the intriguing footage that takes you into the life of a paparazzi photographer below.
[via BuzzFeedVideo, images via video screenshot]