December 23, 2005

PHOTOG. MEL BOUZAD: STYLE ARBITER

Source: Time Magazine Online
Time Style and Design, Fall 2005


Shooting Stars
Paparazzi like Mel Bouzad have become arbiters of Hollywood taste--and tastelessness

By Terry McCarthy

EXCERPTS:

* Most stars accuse the paparazzi of being bottom-feeders who profit from stalking and harassment. The photographers, however, maintain that these same celebrities secretly know they can't do without paparazzi. "Celebrities need a higher level of exposure than the rest of us," says Peter Howe, author of Paparazzi, which chronicles the history of the trade. "So it is a two-way street. The celebrities manipulate the paparazzi too." And the money is huge. "If I get Britney and her baby, I'll be able to buy a house in those hills," says Bouzad, pointing to the mansion-studded slopes above Sunset Boulevard. "That would go for $2 million worldwide."

* By midafternoon, when Bouzad decides to head home, he has no pictures—but he doesn't feel down. The public needs him. The magazines need him. Even the celebrities need him. And he knows that every day he has the chance to make more money with one picture than most people—except maybe movie stars—earn in a year. READ MORE HERE!

* PHOTO CREDIT: SUNSET PROTECTIVE SERVICES

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David jason said...

pretty sure this guy is a bottom feeder, check out the list of complaints about his other photography work.