A member of the paparazzi captured images of Anthony Bourdain's partner with another man days before his suicide. Conversations are emerging about whether or not they may have influenced his decision to end his life.
For decades, paparazzi have been an enormous, invasive part of celebrity life. The world is able to keep a close watch on the rich and famous because of people like Rino Barillari, the well-known celebrity photographer who snapped photos of Asia Argento intimately dancing with a French reporter. It is unclear if the images had anything at all to do with Bourdains death, but Barillari feels bad about taking and sharing the images and says he regrets it. We will likely never know exactly what led to Bourdain's tragic suicide, but I find it important to let this event spark a conversation here about the impact of images taken and shared of celebrities and everyday people.
Having cameras pointed at you constantly is an everyday part of fame, but when mental illness or other personal concerns are present paparazzi, can have major impacts on celebrities' well-being. Do you think there should be more unspoken courtesies among the paparazzi community? What can celebrity photographers do to ensure their images don't harm the lives of celebrities?
Lead image by Clem Onojeghuo, used under Creative Commons.