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
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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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