Paparazzi are freelance photographers who pursue celebrities to get and then sell photographs of them. The word originates from Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita featuring a news photographer called Paparazzo. What distinguishes paparazzi from other professional photographers such as Annie Leibovitz or Helmut Newton is their relentless stalking and harassment of public figures and celebrities by invading their personal space and selling their photographs to tabloid newspapers, their online editions, and international gossip magazines. Thus, tensions are created between the paparazzi’s freedom of expression and the right to privacy of those photographed—which this entry explores.

Right to Privacy

Paparazzi photographs are often taken in a climate of continual harassment, which may induce in the individual concerned a strong sense of intrusion into ...

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