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Nightline turns camera on spy photographer

Nightline turns camera on spy photographer

Automotive News | August 19, 2009 – 9:59 am EST


Being an auto spy photographer can be an exciting and sometimes dangerous profession.

ABC’s Nightline on Tuesday profiled one of the world’s top spy photographers, Brenda Priddy. The unassuming mom spends her summers in Death Valley, Calif., searching for vehicles that are several years away from the showroom.



Auto companies from the across the globe send their camouflaged prototypes into the desert’s 120-degree-plus temperatures for testing. Of course, the vehicles are easy to spot once they are found — portions or all of a car’s body is covered with a black mask. Sometimes an unusual striping technique is used, similar to zebra stripes.

Then comes the difficult task of determining the brand and the model of the car that was shot. How does a spy photographer measure success? Brenda’s photographs have appeared in Automotive News, our sibling publication, AutoWeek, and a long list of newspapers, magazines and web sites around the world. — Rick Kranz

Brenda Priddy spends her summers in Death Valley, Calif., looking for her quarry: Vehicles still in development.
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