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

Brooke Shields and Adrien Grenier—Orso restaurant, Beverly Hills

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Brandy: “The story here is that the pap you see in front of her and to her right is the actor Adrien Grenier from Entourage – who our photographers didn’t realize was the focus of the story. Adrien Grenier is doing a documentary about the paparazzi, and we have a clip where our photographers are giving him tips.”

Regis: “Brooke did not know who he was.”

Brandy: “She assumed all the attention here was 100% for her. She’s got her new show, which I guess is going OK. But that’s not why the picture sold. She’d probably sell better if she was with her kids.”

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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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