National Photo Group
June 25, 2009
12:30 PM — Meanwhile -A photographer from NPG (National Photo Group), who was assigned to follow Jackson, phoned NPG owner, Ben Evenstad saying, “An ambulance just went into the house.” Evenstad then calls 3 other photographers to get them on-scene and arrives on Carolwood Drive by 12:30 PM.
12:55 — 1:05 PM — Meanwhile -Starline Tours happens upon the scene. Note: The arrival of additional NPG photographers, as well as Starline Tours, speak to the growing intensity outside the property gates. The ambulance, soon to depart, would encounter this havoc.
1:06 PM The ambulance begins to back-out of Jackson’s driveway — carrying both Jackson, as well as Dr. Murray. The ambulance must manuever through the following onto the narrow, curved, 2 lane residential road outside the gates on Carolwood: Starline Tours, 5 NPG photographer vehicles, Station #71’s firetruck, as well as several other on-lookers.
Last photo MJ done reporters NPG
So who is Ben and he appeared in the life of Michael Jackson?
From an interview with Christopher Weiss, a staff member NPG for resource vanityfair.com:
“Christopher Weiss wants to be a doctor, but he is not, at first glance, a dream candidate for medical school. He went to junior college and got mediocre grades—and then he spent the better part of the next decade trying to make up for his feckless youth. Getting his bachelor’s degree at U.S.C., doing breast-cancer lab research, working as an E.M.T., and getting his paramedic’s license, the 29-year-old slowly built a résumé that could impress admissions boards. But he always worried that he wasn’t saving enough of his income, that med school would require him to take on a crushing load of debt. Then, in 2007, his boyhood friend Ben Evenstad, also 29, offered Weiss a chance to make a lot of money. When Evenstad co-founded the photo agency National Photo Group, he hired Weiss and taught him how to be a paparazzo.”
“Evenstad started as a pap in 1999 (he was also a professional autograph collector at the time), and he worked for a photo agency that questioned the amount of time he spent chasing Jackson, during a period when photos of the singer were not commanding premium prices. “For me, it was kind of a fan thing. As a fan, I wanted to get his photo. It wasn’t until 2003 when his legal troubles got bad that pictures of him started to be worth a lot again,” Evenstad says.”
“Although this may sound self-justifying, it is in earnest. I have known Evenstad for eight years—I wrote about him for The New York Times Magazine, in 2001—and from the day we met, he named Jackson as his favorite quarry. Jackson’s most devoted fans recognized a fellow enthusiast in Evenstad, and they developed a mutually beneficial relationship, exchanging tips with one another about the singer’s comings and goings.”
Interview with the paparazzi who took the last picture of Michael Jackson, dead in the ambulance
As it may seem strange, but all the exclusive photos of Dr. Conrad Murray made by reporters National Photo Group.
February 6, 2010
February 8, 2010
February 10, 2010
Dr. Conrad Murray — Back to Work
In this photo from radaronline.com we see clinic address on the window, so why in the photo from the NPG this address retouch?
February 14, 2010
Brian Oxman confirms: Michael Jackson’s ambulance picture is FAKE!