Stephen Bull, Celebrities in the Street and Studio During what could be called The Golden Age of Celebrity, from the 1920s to the 1960s, photographs of the famous were usually carefully staged in the studio. Stars were portrayed as godlike: separate from the mere mortals who worshipped them. With the arrival of paparazzi photography, celebrities came to be pictured walking the same streets as you and I and the stars were brought down to earth. Being able to download and possess digital photographs of the famous (perhaps taken only hours before) has altered fan culture further, creating the effect of an even greater intimacy with those who we have never met. Taking the photographs of celebrities in the Street & Studio exhibition as a starting point, Stephen Bull discusses the changing nature of photography and fame. Suggested Further Reading Becker, K.E. (2003) ‘Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press’ in Wells, L. ed. The Photography Reader London: Routledge Bull, S (2008/9) ‘Photography and Celebrity’ in Photography London: Routledge (forthcoming) Bull, S. (2002) ‘Wealthy, Happy and Relaxed’ in Source: The Photographic Review No.32, Autumn pp. 37-39 Muir, R. (2005) The World’s Most Photographed, London: National Portrait Gallery Rojek, C. (2001) Celebrity, London: Reaktion Thorne, S. and Bruner, G.C. (2006) ‘An Exploratory Investigation of the Characteristics of Consumer Fanaticism’ in Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal Vol.1 No.1 pp.