Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What's With the Nude Paparazzo in the L.A. Times?

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Here's a cache of the L.A. Times Ministry of Gossip blog post (since taken down) featuring Jennifer Aniston... and a naked photographer in the background. And here's what it looks like now, with replacement photo.

WHAT. My pals over at Newsweek/The Daily Beast -- Kate Aurthur, Jace Lacob and Maria Elena Fernandez -- had a field day with this pic this afternoon, and their litany of tweets were likely what led to the Ministry of Gossip taking the pic down. (Read Jace's take here.)

Turns out it's not a new occurrence. The New York Post identifies the photographer as Holly Van Voast, who frequently does this naked-photographer-on-the-street thing as a bit of performance art. But clearly someone at Getty Images, which took this photo, didn't examine it closely before sending it out... and sites like the LAT didn't notice Van Voast either. Strange stuff.

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