Paparazzi photographer Richard Terry, the subject of a profile by Neon Tommy, was a house painter before Hollywood gossip site X17 hired him to follow and photograph celebrities in Los Angeles. X17 also employees as paparazzi a former member of the notoriously violent Brazilian police force, and a homeless Vietnam vet. Well, the vet was homeless when X17 first lent him a camera – he now has an apartment in Bel-Air.
These amateurs with cameras are raking it in, Neon Tommy reports:
[X17 co-founder Brandy Navarre] said X17′s regular, L.A.-based photographers usually make anywhere from $800 to $3000 per week, depending on their output. This is about half as much as they made in 2007, Navarre said, thanks to the economy and Britney Spears‘ newfound sanity.
Just to put that in perspective, the average annual salary of a photojournalist – the kind of photographer who has years of formal training and covers hard news – is $28,275.
Previously on FBLA:
Media Jobs Rank Pretty Low In New Report