Slideshow April 2008

The Celebrity Hunters

David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

Pierce Brosnan on His Honeymoon

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Brandy: “The interest here is the size of Pierce Brosnan’s gut. But this picture is also interesting because it was sent to us by an amateur photographer who happened to see Pierce Brosnan on the beach while he was on his honeymoon. The thought that popped into his mind was, 'I can make money if I call X17.' It’s in the front of people’s minds when they see celebrities that they can make a profit. It’s not, ‘Oh, can you put your arm around my wife, or sign an autograph for me?’ The only people asking for autographs are the people out here who sell them for money.”

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David Samuels is the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, a collection of essays and reporting, and The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Adventures and Fantastical Lies of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue, both published this spring. François-Regis Navarre, a former journalist for Le Monde, is the owner of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency. Brandy Navarre, a former journalist for Reuters, runs the X17 agency. X17 regularly updates the images on its website, www.X17online.com."

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