In one of the first shows of its kind, Buzz Foto, LLC, a Los Angeles-based paparazzi agency, is hosting a retrospective of contemporary celebrity photos in "Paparazzi As An Art Form." An opening night celebrity reception will be held Friday, February 15, 2008 at the Maryam Seyhoun Gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The show will run February 16 to 21 and is open to the public. Buzz Foto produces iconic images for magazines worldwide, bringing a certain elegance and art form to paparazzi style photography.
Encapsulating the present moment of our culture and the worldwide phenomenon of celebrity fixation, "Paparazzi As An Art Form" profiles the evolution of pop culture imagery and showcases the modern-day icons in a historical context, including enticing images of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
"The Buzz Foto collection clearly illustrates that paparazzi photography can be a form of art. Executed properly, images of today's celebrities can exude an incredible amount of style and elegance that portray our ever-changing and exciting pop culture. Photos such as these are destined to one day grace the walls of major museums and galleries," said Brad Elterman, Buzz Foto co-founder who sold his first celebrity photo in 1974. "Consider Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Helen Levitt; each took photos of individuals without permission and set out to sell them. Their iconic photographs imitate the paparazzi style and today hang in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Our Buzz Foto photographs have the potential to hang next to those great masters."
Henry Flores, co-owner for Buzz Foto and a former engineer, said, "We are pleased to host a first-ever gallery showing of paparazzi art. All of our photographers maintain an excellent working rapport with the celebrity community, so we are certain they'll come out to see their photos."
Buzz Foto was founded by Elterman and Flores in 2006. Elterman is a thirty-year industry veteran who sold his prior celebrity photo agency, Online USA, Inc., to Getty Images in 2000.