Celebrity pictures: contacts key in the battle of the paparazzo

Celebrity - 05/04/2012

The right exclusive photograph, sold worldwide, can still be worth over £100,000 ? but they are hard to come byIn an era where anybody with a camera phone can be a paparazzo, the competition for celebrity pictures is intense. The right exclusive photograph, sold worldwide, can still be worth over £100,000 ? but they are hard to come by.To make matters more difficult, the amount that the news media are prepared to pay for pictures is falling, and tabloid picture desks worry increasingly about harassment and intrusion after a succession of adverse judgments. Amid such pressure it is not surprising that corners can be cut.Jeff Moore, the chairman of the British Press Photographers' Association, recalls working on a photoshoot with the singer Rihanna, at the Corinthia hotel near Trafalgar Square, in London, earlier this year, in which there were "six photographers inside, and about 25 guys waiting outside trying to get a picture of her leaving".The waiting photographers are hoping to...