Tom Wolfe
[Writer, b. 1930, Richmond, Virginia, d. 2018, New York.]

 Then 1967’s Photographer of the Century made his entrance at a dead run, carrying a stroboscopic 35mm camera. He bolted into the tubercular-blue gleam of the room and hurled himself toward the floor, feet first like a baseball player going into second base. He slid ... an ectomorphic sliver... sweeping through one and all, flailing away at the film advance lever of his camera, squeezing off six, eight, ten pictures about calf level during his furious skid. Stroboscopic lights burst all around. They were like rockets. 

Ron Galella
[Photographer, b. 1931, Bronx, New York, lives in New York.]

 We had a love-hate relationship. Jackie knew exactly what she could get out of one of my photos. 

Heidi Klum
[Model, b. 1973, Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, lives in New York.]

 ... I released the photos of her [her baby Leni], instead of having photographers hunt for them. They always want to shoot the baby. Everyone wants to know what the baby looks like. They run after me, like they’ve never seen anyone with a stroller before. 

Patti Smith
[Musician, artist, and writer, b. 1946, Chicago, Illinois, lives in Detroit and New York.]

 It got to the point where I started hiding because I didn’t want to be photographed. (On living with Robert Mapplethorpe) 

Beyoncé Knowles
[Singer and celebrity, b. 1981, Houston, Texas, lives in New York.]

 When I’m on the red carpet, I’m prepared for [the attention.] But the worst thing is on planes, when you’re asleep and you’re woken up by a camera flashing. That’s a little bit much. But what do you do? It’s a part of [being famous]. Unfortunately. 

Lord Snowdon (Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones)
[Earl and photographer, b. 1930, London, England, d. 2017, London.]

 I think it is quite wrong to photograph, for example, Garbo, if she doesn’t want to be photographed. Now I would have loved to photograph her, but she obviously didn’t want to be photographed so I didn’t follow it up. Then somebody will photograph her walking down the street because she has to walk down the street, and I mind that sort of intrusion. I think this is horrible. 

Frank Zappa
[Musician and composer, b. 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, d. 1993, Los Angeles.]

 Find yourself a young vegetable victim! Take your young vegetable victim. Step one, now this is very important, you have to do it exactly this way. (Bring the band on down behind me, boys, this gets technical.) First: You get a Polaroid camera and you make one good jump, from a balcony to another balcony on the seventh floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Jacksonville. When you land on the other balcony with your Polaroid camera, something like this—Shoot off one good flashbulb catching—The agent will immediately turn around and say, “You know, I sure would like to have that photograph.” You walk up to the agent and say, “Well, ha, funny you should mention it, I have this photograph here and just about time to develop it, yes it turned out great, it shows both of you here, and I’ll give you this photograph if you’ll give me the munchkin vegetable that you’re with in order that I might make a few more pictures.” 

Sean Penn
[Actor, b. 1960, Burbank, California, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I still think photographers should be lashed out at. They should be put in a cage where you can poke them with a stick for a quarter. But not in a hostile way, just for giggles. They really are on the attack against mankind; it’s a disease. They should be helped somewhere. But I’d still like to poke them with a stick. 
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