It’s been three years, Hollywood paparazzo E.L. Woody tells CNN, since he sold a celebrity photo for $10,000. The picture was of Shia Labeouf, at a price tag that still pales compared to the glory days of six-figure and even sometimes seven-figure licensing deals.

Another problem with today’s paparazzi trenches, Woody suggests, is that illegal immigrants have jumped into the game, selling their digital snaps for next to nothing. Nevertheless, the 65-year-old veteran says his kind will always be a part of the Hollywood media fabric:

“Celebrities have to have the photogs. It feeds the ego. Every flash, every click feeds their careers,” he says. “It feeds the supernova of fame…”

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