Although the vast majority of the images are benign, it is the few “angry” pictures that are selected for publication. That is what the public wants, controversy, chaos, and to see that the people they look up to have less than perfect lives. It is what is interesting to the public; the Kardashians and the Housewives of fill-in-the-blank over the ordinary and tranquil.
But is it fair to the celebrity that she was provoked into the “angry” action? And is it fair that the photographer, trying to make a living, is ostracized for working to provide something that the publication will pay for? Is it wrong for the publication to print something that the public wants to see and even demands on a daily basis? Or is it the group that creates the demand that is at fault…the public.
As a project I worked with model Ashli, posing as an up-and-coming superstar recording artist, to photograph her in a rather unconventional way, from the perspective of a Paparazzi trying to get his shot; and I created “The Natural Enquirer” as a way of delivering commentary on the process.