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

Lindsay Lohan—at a Starbucks in Beverly Hills

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Brandy: “Lindsay Lohan didn’t do anything this week except dress extremely ugly. I guess that’s the story: Lindsay looks bad now that she is sober and chastened.”

Regis: “I saw the New York Magazine photos that she did where she dressed like Marilyn Monroe. She’s trying to get back into the headlines and she knows unless she does something a little bit bad the press will lose interest in her. She has been copying Marilyn Monroe for a long time. We have seen her dressing like Marilyn, in a Marilyn haircut, sending kisses.

“I thought the quality of the New York Magazine photos was poor, because Lindsay doesn’t have much of a presence. These girls – Britney, Lindsay, and Paris—are not the same anymore. They are hit in the core of their character. Of the three, I think the one with the best chance to rebound and become interesting for the camera again is Britney. She’s down right now, but that’s because she’s on such hard medication. I’ve never seen her drugged as much as now . She reminds me of my grandmother in France who had Alzheimer’s. She can barely walk. She walked straight into a pole the other day."

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