Jessica Dimmock’s Paparazzi! follows Hollywood-based photographers in their efforts to hunt celebrities and capture their images for the popular media. As newspapers across the county go under and editorial magazines grow thinner, celebrity magazines are among the few print media vehicles still generating profit. The modern paparazzo—young, male, aggressive, often foreign—must go to increasingly dramatic lengths to get his pictures. High-speed car chases, trespassing, the use of informants, and the practice of forging secret alliances are all routine aspects of the trade.
Jessica Dimmock’s photographs have appeared in Aperture, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and New York Magazine. Paparazzi! explores the public’s fascination with celebrity culture and looks at the hunter/prey relationship between photographers and Hollywood personalities.