US pic agency looks to UK for talent

A US-based celebrity news and picture agency says American photographers haven't got what it takes to be paparazzi, so it is looking for two aspiring photographers from the UK to take up an 18-month traineeship.

Pacific Coast News was started in 2002 by Paul Harris and follows a trend among British tabloid journalists to seek their fortune covering the US celebrity scene.

Harris said: "The British photographers are just fantastic at this type of work — they seem to understand the industry far better. Americans seem to come out with almost a blinkered view of journalism and its impact, and have a hard job justifying celebrity journalism. Americans just don't understand it."

Harris said his business has been going from strength to strength and that there seems to be no let-up in the booming demand for celebrity news and pictures. He said: "I think it remains the engine that drives most of the industry."

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