Created By: lebrel on March 8, 2012 Last Edited By: lebrel on April 20, 2012

Candids For Sale

Someone sells candid photographs of someone else

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Surreptitiously-taken pictures of someone can bring a pretty penny, in the right circumstances. Selling candids tends to fall into a number of stock situations:

  • Trying to sell titillating or embarrassing candids of a celebrity to the media, often a tabloid
  • Trying to sell titillating or embarrassing candids of a celebrity to the celebrity themselves (who is presumably paying to keep them out of the hands of said media)
  • In days gone by, this used to be regular service provided by some entertainment venues, with photographers on cruise ships, night clubs and amusement parks snapping (presumably flattering) candid photos and selling them to the subjects as mementos.
  • In anime and manga, members of a character's Instant Fan Club may take candids and sell them to other members of the Instant Fan Club.
  • Also in anime and manga, the School Newspaper Newshound or Shutter Bug may offer to sell someone candid pictures of their Love Interest.

This may also occasionally apply to cases of persons accidentally included in a photograph of something else, people captured in crowd scenes, or other cases where the subject is not aware of being photographed. Sometimes overlaps with Blackmail, when the subject of the photograph (or their family, manager, etc.) really doesn't want them to be publicized.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Ai Ore! Love Me!: Students at Akira's all-boy school are seen selling posters of Akira and candid shots of him shirtless, undressing, crossdressing, etc. Ai buys them all.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: After Asuka is introduced, she apparently receives a little Instant Fan Club, and we hear that people are selling photos of her, showing that she is popular and well adjusted, in contrast to Shinji's more reserved nature.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: The host club website sells candid pictures of Haruhi taken without her knowledge. She is not pleased when she finds out. Of course, they are designed to make her look male, and some have been digitally altered to put her face on a male chest.
  • Pretty Face: "Yuna's" Instant Fan Club (the kendo team) holds a swap-meet to share Yuna stuff; one guy brings "50 candids of Yuna" that he has taken. Yuna/Rando of course gets totally pissed and beats the crap out of them.
  • Ranma : Nabiki sells photos of Akane and Girl-Type Ranma.
  • Slayers: Lina Inverse recalls being beaten by her sister Luna for selling candid pictures of her.

Film
  • The Aviator: Howard Hughes buys explicit photos of his ex Katherine Hepburn and her married lover Spencer Tracy from a shady photography (Willem Dafoe) in order to prevent them from reaching the tabloids.
  • That Old Feeling: One of the main characters is a paparazzo who took an infamous picture of Bette Midler's character that made her look bad, and sold it to a tabloid.

Literature
  • Basic Eight: Flannery Culp sells candids of her friends to tabloids to defray legal costs.
  • No Score by Chip Harrison: Chip briefly works for a street photographer handing out cards telling people where to buy a print of the snaps. Almost nobody does, and most of the cards end up as litter.
  • Trust Me On This: A murder mystery which revolves around the staff of a particularly scuzzy tabloid newspaper. Both buying and selling candids of various fictional celebrities enter into the plot.

Live Action Television
  • Columbo episode "Identity Crisis": Columbo ties a spy to another agent (found dead on the beach) by finding photographic evidence of their meeting at an amusement park. The pictures are among those taken by a candid photographer working at the park.
  • The Love Boat: Ted McGinley played a shipboard photographer in the last season or two, taking the flattering version.
  • The Naked Truth: A Sitcom about a well respected, award-winning photojournalist who becomes a paparazza to make ends meet. When she first meets her colleague/professional rival/USTmate, he shows her a bunch of candids he's shopping to the tabloid. One is a photo of Macaulay Culkin sitting in dirty underwear eating what they both hope is a Cheeto.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 8, 2012
    Tiiba
    Hyakko has several students who do this as a hobby, always on the lookout for the best shot.
  • March 8, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ Is the work Hyakko? Who are they taking photos of, and to whom do they sell them?
  • March 8, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    In Ranma One HalfNabiki does this all the time with photos of Akane and Girl-Type Ranma.
  • March 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Sit Com The Naked Truth is about a well respected, award-winning photojournalist who becomes a paparratza(?) to make ends meet. When she first meets her colleague/professional rival/USTmate, he shows her a bunch of candids he's shopping to the tabloid. One is a photo of Macaulay Culkin sitting in dirty underwear eating what they both hope is a Cheeto.
  • March 8, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    Inverted in The Aviator, where Howard Hughes buys explicit photos of his ex Katherine Hepburn and her married lover Spencer Tracy from a shady photography (Willem Dafoe) in order to prevent them from reaching the tabloids.
  • March 8, 2012
    chico
    According to the Gag Dub in Whats Up Tiger Lily, gang leader Wing Fat has taken photos of rival Shepherd Wong and his henchmen with a special hidden X-Ray camera that will produce nude pictures of them. After developing them and laughing at their chubby thighs he threatens to peddle them in every schoolyard in town unless they let him go.
  • March 8, 2012
    Duncan
    In the movie That Old Feeling, one of the main characters is a paparazzo who took an infamous picture of Bette Midler's character, that made her look bad, and sold it to a tabloid.
  • March 9, 2012
    Damr1990
    On Neon Genesis Evangelion after Asuka's Introduction, she apparently recevies a little Instant Fan Club, and we hear that people is Selling photos of her, to show that she is Popular enough and is well adjusted, in contrast to Shinji's more reserved nature(he also got a little hyped up at first when they discovered he was the Eva's Pilot, but it faded away quickly)[[spoiler: this being Evanelion, didn't ended quite well, since asuka has her own share of messed up memories, and flaws that got exploited latter...it wasn't pretty)
  • March 9, 2012
    Catbert
    Yet another idea that I thought about troping but never got around to!

    Still, I think you need to make the defintion a bit broader, beyond just celebrities.

    In anime and manga, the School Newspaper Newshound or Shutter Bug may offer to sell to a character pictures that character's Love Interest.
  • March 9, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ So, candids of anyone? That might work. Do people think that would be viable?
  • March 9, 2012
    animeg3282
    Literature: In Basic Eight Flannery Culp sells candids of her friends to tabloids to defray legal costs.
  • March 10, 2012
    lebrel
    @chico: That sounds more like Blackmail to me.
  • March 13, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    This used to be regular sort of service, with photographers working on cruise ships, night clubs and amusement parks snapping candid photos and selling them to the subjects. I seem to recall such photographers in films and shows either made in or set circa mid-twentieth century.

    Specifically, in the Columbo episode "Identity Crisis", Columbo ties a spy to another agent (found dead on the beach) by finding photographic evidence of their meeting at an amusement park. The pictures are among those taken by a candid photographer working at the park.
  • March 13, 2012
    Catbert
    In Ouran High School Host Club, the host club website sells candid pictures of Haruhi taken without her knowledge. She is not pleased when she finds out.
  • March 13, 2012
    aurora369
    Lina Inverse, of The Slayers fame, recalls being beaten by her sister Luna for selling candid pictures of her.
  • March 13, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ Who is Lina trying to sell the candids to? Just Luna's fan club?
  • March 14, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    In the computer game Dragon Portals, there are several interstitial rounds in which the player is asked by a dragon fan club to snap pictures of the flying Chinese dragons. A score (in the form of stars) is given for each shot, with a summary of the total in a letter from the club.
  • March 14, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ That sounds more like Amateur Photographer.
  • March 14, 2012
    TheNinth
    Example: Old joke (Vaudeville, Benny Hill, Monty Python's Flying Circus, possibly other places). The end of the routine is always Seedy guy: Do you have any dirty pictures of your wife? Uptight businessman: *shocked* No! Seedy guy: Wanna buy some?
  • March 15, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Not all candid shots are surreptitiously taken, exactly. In addition to the professionals I mentioned earlier (and in the Columbo example), devoted fans intending to photograph someone and paparazzi/detectives on assignment, these pics may be taken by artistic photographers shooting street scenes or other unposed pictures, or by tourists or other amateurs who are concentrating on something else in the picture. Once someone sees what's/who is in the pictures, other motives like Fandom or Blackmail may emerge and the sale is offered/arranged.
  • March 21, 2012
    TonyG
    Robots: When Rodney arrives in the city, Fender takes photos of him to sell back for 50 a pop. When Rodney complains that he doesn't want his picture taken, Fender answers, "That's all right, there's no film in the camera."
  • March 21, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ I saw that a long time ago and don't remember; were those candids or just pictures? I remember the setup more as "I'll take your picture for $50".
  • March 21, 2012
    TonyG
    ^Fender takes the pictures first, then asks for the $50 immediately afterwards.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Ted Mc Ginley played a shipboard photographer in the last season or two of The Love Boat, taking the flattering version.
    • In No Score, a book by Chip Harrison, Chip briefly works for a street photographer handing out cards telling people where to send thier dollar (or whatever amount) to get a print. Almost nobody does, and most of the cards end up as litter.
  • March 26, 2012
    StevenT
  • April 10, 2012
    lebrel
    Bump. Any further comments?
  • April 20, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Matthew in The Lizzie Mc Guire Movie tries to sell a video tape of his sister advertised "Lizzie's Most Embarrassing Moments". At the end of the film, Giorgio takes it and throws it into a fountain.
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