Paparazzi have to eat, too. But that’s proving to be somewhat difficult when all of the celebrities are quarantined inside of their home.
As you can imagine, the novel coronavirus pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill has not been kind to the paparazzi industry. FStoppers quotes one agency as saying that business has dropped some 95%.
FStoppers also quotes Bauer-Griffin founder Randy Bauer who points out further that all of the pictures are with people in sunglasses and a mask on which don’t make for the most compelling photographs.
Given those market dynamics, demand for photos of celebs has gone up but, without supply, there’s really not much these agencies can do.
Before we break out the tissues, however, let’s look at what celebrities put up with in terms of living with paparazzi nearby.
“I'd drive past Kate Hudson's house and see four or five different guys there. I'd drive past Reese (Witherspoon) and see a bunch there as well. There were just guys everywhere,” Yahoo News quotes one podcast that discussed the situation.
Of course, this isn’t the only segment of the photography industry to be hugely impacted by the pandemic. Event photographers are probably facing one of their hardest years on record and with fears of renewed waves of COVID-19 no one is really sure when things will return to “normal” or what that will be.
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