It has been years since journalists lost their status as exclusive arbiters of celebrity culture. Where once stars relied on news photographers to carry their images to the masses, they can now reach thousands of fans by uploading selfies directly to Instagram. Artists can now use Twitter to confirm or deny rumors circulating in the press rather than planting quotes in a tabloid or bending the ear of a favored reporter.
The changing power dynamic between news outlets and stars might be behind the recent rise of restrictive photography contracts concocted by musicians seeking ever-greater control over their likenesses as they tour the U.S. In the last year alone, several prominent performers — including Taylor Swift, the Foo Fighters and Janet Jackson — have clashed with the media after imposing strict rules that would strip news photographers of rights to their own images.
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Source Credits: Benjamin Mullin in Poynter