Helmut Newton
[Photographer, b. 1920, Berlin, d. 2004, Los Angeles.]

 In 1936 I arranged to have myself thrown out of school as a hopeless pupil. I wanted to be a paparazzo. 

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. 

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. 

Wim Wenders
[Artist and filmmaker, b. 1945, Düsseldorf, lives in Berlin.]

 I remember that even my first impression of Italian cinema was pictures by paparazzi because my mom was reading all of these trash magazines with paparazzo pictures. 

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. 

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. 

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. 
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