Paul Melcher's selection
They say the camera makes the famous. In other words, the more you spend time in front of a camera lens, the more chance you have to become famous. Obviously, having some kind of marketable talent also helps.
The relationship between the camera and the famous is a secular one. It is a love hate relationship between two magnetic poles of attention. It could be said that without cameras, there would be no famous or , at least , they could live in anonymity. While usually the camera is a visual pedestal for the famous, it can very quickly turn into it's worst enemy, cutting through their lives and careers as sharply as a laser scalpel.
If you are famous, you do and do not want cameras around. You do because they can make you more famous, and you don't because they can destroy your fame. But either way, the worst curse for a celebrity is for the cameras to totally ignore them. There is no worst punishment then the silence of the shutter. No worst nightmare.
Thus is it no surprise to see the famous sometimes being in command of the camera. Like an attempt to domesticate this cruel friend, they all have been tempted to peak inside the viewfinder and control the lens themselves. While it is a known fact that talent in one field is no guarantee of success in another, it is more a game of seduction than an attempt to master the art of photography. As if they were hoping that Just maybe this camera can tell his friends to be nice with them.
When collected together, as the celebrity camera club website does , these images of the famous behind the camera tell us a story of an endless game of seduction under the blanket of a power struggle. It is all about who can ultimately control the other even if we all know that, at the end, there is no winner. Even when photographed together, it is not obvious who takes the center stage. The celebrity becomes the puppet of the camera, while the camera becomes an instrument in the hands of the famous. There is obviously not going to be a decision.
Photo galleries have in common that they reveal a story that never was told. Each of these images was taken independently from each other, at different time and by different photographers. However, put together like they are here, they reveal an untold tale of unfulfilled cohesion. While they would love to dance in unison, there will always be a great divide between the camera and those who live and die in front of them.