Increased demand puts paparazzi,bodyguards at odds
The paparazzi are often criticized for intruding on the lives of stars.
But one Vancouver photographer says bodyguards make it just as hard on photographers to do their job, one that’s ironically fuelled by public demand for candid snapshots.
On Tuesday, Vancouver-based celebrity photographer Rik Fedyck accused two of Jennifer Aniston’s bodyguards of threatening him and calling his Thai girlfriend a "chink."
Fedyck had been taking pictures of the actress near the set of a film she’s shooting in town.
Const. Howard Chow, spokesman for the Vancouver Police Department, said Fedyck’s complaint is being looked into.
"It doesn’t appear from the surface that there’s going to be any charges," he said.
Christopher Moore, a freelance photographer and teacher of photojournalism at Langara College, said both security guards and photographers can be overzealous.
"As the photographers get more aggressive in their pursuit of celebrities the security guards get more defensive," said Moore.
But he said the public’s "insatiable desire for pictures of celebrities," especially ones that show them in relatable everyday situations, fuels the problem.
Moore added that he doesn’t shoot paparazzi-style but has had run-ins with his subjects.
He said the wife of one of Brian Mulroney’s cabinet ministers, who was implicated in a fraud investigation, once broke his flash.