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The paparazzi - a fusion of the Italian words papatacci meaning gnat and razzi meaning the popping of flashbulbs It is also known as aggressive photography The word paparazzo was coined by Federico Fellini the name he gave to a prying society cameraman in his 1959 film La Dolce Vita Paparazzi photographers are fueled by large sums of money offered by the tabloid press They try to catch the rich and famous in unflattering situations The new breed of journalism grew by leaps and bounds after the Watergate scandal first broke in Washington DC Petersens 57 At first the paparazzi were an annoying group of photographers who were persistent when trying to get the perfect shot of a celebrity so they could sell the image for large sums of money but as technology became more advanced so did the equipment the paparazzi used - telephoto lenses hi-tech listening devices and powerful zoom lenses on video cameras No major celebrity can avoid them Emerging from cars entering glittering parties or trying to take a secluded vacation the glamour figures of the 90s are hounded mercilessly by the men-and a few women-who wield long lenses and a brazen shamelessness Maclean 38 Today paparazzis tread on private property film celebrities during intimate moments and even go as far as stalking a public figure Some of these photos can be worth in the millions of dollars A single photograph of Prince Charles seen together with his mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles is estimated to be worth 5 million English pounds The prince says he would love to figure out a way for the proceeds to go to charity Newsweek 95The prince and his mistress usually arrive and depart at different times in order to avoid the paparazzi when they attend a function together The prince has been lucky Almost all well known faces have had run-ins with the paparazzi but many have horror stories to tell The Screen Actors
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