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Review: Shooting Stars: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood’s Most Famous by Jennifer Buhl

Rarely in media do we ever hear the perspective of the paparazzi. Most of what he hear about paparazzi are that they are these annoying people who refuse to leave celebrities alone. I do get where celebrities are coming from. It would be truly annoying to have a camera in my face every day. However, it’s always intriguing to hear the other side of the argument. The justification from the paparazzi.

Shooting Stars: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood’s Most Famous was written by a former paparazzi who spent quite a few years capturing the lives of celebrities.  It’s marketed as a “memoir” that “reveals the lives of Hollywood’s rich and famous – from behind the camera.”

I was originally excited for this book, however, in the end I felt a little disappointment. It felt cluttered, not necessarily organized. And towards the end it got a little repetitive.

I appreciate that she incorporated paparazzi jargon into the book, but it felt a little out of place and odd.

And I think the biggest problem I had with Shooting Stars: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood’s Most Famous is that it does a poor job of defending the profession. I wanted a more in-depth look into the conflicting profession. I wanted more an analyzes of the why’s and how’s of paparazzi. For example, where is the line and what happens if it’s crossed?

It worth mentioning that it was not all bad. It’s definitely a quick read and it does have some entertaining moments. For example, her “Being a Celebrity for Dummies” list were my favorite in the entire book.

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