When do you ever see a female paparazzo? Exactly. This book looks at paparazzi photography as a typically exciting chase—a predator-prey relationship where (male) photographer hunts down a (female) celebrity for a photograph. But with a woman behind the lens, how does the female gaze change a photograph of a celebrity?
By featuring over 100 celebrities shot at VIP events, film festivals, fashion weeks and parties, Nadja Sayej proves that paparazzi photography can have a soul. She also shows that having a “Press Pass” doesn’t mean shit, unless you’re willing to fight, elbow and jump for a shot in a sea of male photographers, who are often condescending and downright rude to their female counterparts.
And why is it called “Paparazzi Bitch” and not “Female Paparazzo,” or even “Paparazza?” You have to be a bitch to fight to the front of the line to get the shot.
Featuring photos of Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Salma Hayek, Marina Abramovic, Blake Lively, Yoko Ono, Naomi Watts, Sofia Coppola, and more, which have been taken by one culture journalist who has been covering the arts and entertainment scene over the past 15+ years. An art exhibition of the photos will coincide with the book launch on Feb. 26, 2020.
This book, to be released on International Women’s Day on March 8, hopes to raise awareness of all the women photographers who spend their lives behind the lens—often fighting for their spots on the red carpet, in Hollywood or on the streets of New York. Is a female paparazzo a more “gentle” photographer than a man? Why are women photographers still overlooked in the entertainment industry? Why don’t we know about more “great woman paparazzo” photographers? There is not one on the museum walls (never mind having their own museum).
About the author: Nadja Sayej is an arts journalist and photographer based in New York City. She has interviewed and photographed some of the world's most renowned stars - from Spike Lee to David Lynch, Wim Wenders and John Waters, to like Susan Sarandon, Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson and Isabella Rossellini, for both interviewing and photographing celebrities for The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, among others.
Check out her work at http://nadjasayej.com