paparazzi nazi (slang)
someone who hates unauthorized photographers even if they happen to be reasonably civil and polite. The term "nazi" has been used here and there to mean extremist in attitude, position or style. It may have gained prominence with the famous "soup nazi" episode of the TV situation comedy Seinfeld where a streetside soup vendor behaves with extreme harshness toward his customers. Thus Agent Mondo coined the term "paparazzi nazi" (2003 May 09 Fri.) Ultimately the term "Nazi", when not used as slang, refers to the infamous political movement of Adolph Hitler, an historical icon of extremism.

Paparazzi nazis have been known to bash unauthorized photographers (paparazzi) both verbally and physically. There have even been efforts to pass extreme laws against paparazzi. When Britain's Princess Diana died in a ghastly car wreck while under pursuit by a team of paprazzi in Paris, the paprazzi themselves were held to blame by large segments of public opinion as well as heavy handed police investigation and charges. These photojournalists achieved exoneration mostly by uncovering the greater truth that Diana's driver was not exactly sober. There have been countless episodes where unofficial photographers have come into conflict with their subjects, the public and the police.

Paprarri are by definition usually independent freelance photographers and hence may or may not choose to follow ethical or reasonable boundaries. The "paparazzi nazi" is someone who simply hates them all even if they exhibit the most enlightened limits of self-control such as not trespassing onto private property in order to shoot through windows and not being persistent to the point of irritation, especially with flash and being too close.

The paparazzi nazi typically disdains not only rude paparazzi but all photographers who shoot pictures without permission. Yet many of these same prudes read the very magazines that rely on unauthorized freelance images shot in public places. And they fail to realize that if all unauthorized images were banned we would have no real information or view to celebrity life.

See also: "paparazzi" for a discussion regarding the relevance of unofficial photographers and how they help shape the connection between culture, counterculture and celebrities.

Agent Mondo recalls an incident in the 1990s where a famous fashion model (name not recalled) was terribly rude to photographers. The photographers staged a coup. When the model arrived - it may have been on the catwalk - there were dozens of photographers present as usual with their powerful motor-wind cameras. Not a single photographer snapped a picture of the model. That was a potent message.

Agent Mondo has a bit of experience working as "paparazzo", not usually for pay but simply to shoot celebrities in order to build credibility as a photographer. He has photographed the presidents of several nations up close, the Pope, quite a few actors and a good number of rock stars including Agent Mondo's primal influence David Bowie.

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