The Latino Paparazzi of L.A.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Haines Hall Dept Room - - Chicano Studies Res Ctr Library Rm 144

Life, Death, and Labor in the Celebrity Industrial Complex

See below for additional information.


Free admission


Chicano Studies Research Center
(310) 825-2363

Additional Information

Please join us for a special research presentation by IAC visiting researcher and Ford fellow Vanessa Díaz, who will explore the racial politics of representation and division of labor among paparazzi.

In the last 15 years, the demographics of the Los Angeles paparazzi transitioned from a labor force of predominantly white men to one of predominantly Latino men, including individuals born in the U.S. and Latin America. Based on extensive fieldwork, this presentation illuminates the ways in which an unlikely demographic of cultural producers plays a central role in shaping celebrity culture.

Through the lens of these photographers, this talk reconsiders the (in)visibility of Latinx labor, stereotypes around immigration, and the relationship between media, politics, and celebrity in the era of the reality star presidency. Two paparazzi will join Díaz for the discussion.

The event will conclude with a reception.

Organized by the CSRC.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the UCLA Department of Anthropology.

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