Paparazzi primarily benefit celebrities by increasing their exposure to the public, which attracts fans and popularity, but the paparazzi also receives criticism for harming celebrities through foot chases and car chases. The paparazzi receive praise from some by exposing the lives of celebrities to average citizens, following them as they run errands, visit nightclubs and go on vacation. However, others criticize the paparazzi for invading celebrities' privacy and damaging their careers through negative publicity.
Paparazzi members act as photographers and journalists. They follow celebrities to gain insights to their personal lives, such as who their friends are, who they date, and where they live, work and vacation. The paparazzi documents celebrities' lives through photographs and written articles, distributed in magazines and journals. Sometimes, paparazzi benefits some celebrities by documenting and reporting on good deeds, such as involvement with charitable organizations and human rights campaigns. For budding celebrities, the exposure gained through paparazzi increases visibility to the public. These celebrities in turn become household names.
Paparazzi benefits the careers of some celebrities, but hurts others. The public embraces charismatic celebrities, but shuns others for poor behavior. The paparazzi receives the most criticism for delving too deeply into celebrities' lives. Societies hold paparazzi responsible for several high-profile accidents, including the death of Princess Diana of Wales in 1997.