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The news media has turned its empty head to the deeper world of automotive coverage, beyond the front lines of dismal sales numbers and Cash For Clunkers.

None other than spy photographer extraodinaire Brenda Priddy has now been on the receiving end of the gentle, semi-informative coverage mainstream news is so deft at cranking out. A quick package on ABC's flagship World News Tonight broadcast was but a precursor to a more in-depth piece on Nightline that blows Brenda's cover and profiles her hard work in the searing desert heat. Hit the jump to view both videos. Thanks for all your tips!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone is going to "whack" her one of these days. She more or less invading someone's or somethings privacy since she wasn't invited by a particular manufacture to snap shots, but God forbid you use one of her photos, she will snap right back at you.
      I hope she learns her lesson.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can't invade anyone's privacy in public. Brenda's a sweetheart.

        I've taken some spy shots myself. Just about every car company that does business in North America tests vehicles for radio frequency interference in the "radio farm" in south Oakland county, about two miles north of the Detroit city limits. It's great fun going up to some foreign branded car that's all camo'd up, tapping on the window and watch the shocked reaction when the engineers who can barely speak English hear the acronym "RFI". They think it's a secret, but hang around the broadcast towers near 10 Mile and Greenfield and you'll see all sorts of preproduction cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's only the USA. In places like Canada, the laws are weird. :| (For clarification: I live in Canada and I don't believe in such ridiculous laws, but last I checked you can get sued for invading privacy for taking photos on PUBLIC property. Weird but true.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's public property. So you're also saying that anyone else on the roads should go somewhere else because they weren't invited by the manufacturer?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @chconline

        It can be deemed an invasion of privacy in Canada if the person you are taking a photograph of is the main subject of your photograph and the person can be clearly identified, and if you use those photos for commercial purposes (which means for editorial photos--i.e., newspapers--permission is not required; ditto for CCTV). Of course, the definition of "main subject" is somewhat subjective, but grabbing photos of a couple engineers standing around a car clearly doesn't fall under invasion of privacy laws when the car is clearly the subject of interest. Besides, when they run spy photographs in magazines, they typically black out the eyes of the people in the frame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no privacy on public property.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like I said, you don't have to go to Death Valley, just hang around 10 Mile Road and Greenfield in Oakland County, Michigan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      way back in the late '70's,i found myself driving a red sunbeam alpine in south florida. i checked into my motel in key largo and parked the sunbeam.when i exited, i noticed a vehicle parked next to me with michigan mfgr plates. i jumped out and looked at this car,looked inside and viewed several clip boards and several stop watch equipped clipboards as well as visible notes as well. i took about 30 pictures in color of this vehicle from all angles. excitedly, i wrote a quick note of the contents and send the envelope to autoweek. they replied with a check for $75 and a release for publishing the photos. a few weeks later, auto week published 3 or 4 of the pictures and noted it was a protype of a amc gremlin.
      several weeks later, i was on an eastern airlines plane and opened up that weeks time magazine and there on the first page was on of my pictures with my red alpine in the picture of the amc gremlin,along with a short story about upcomming new models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't this all really part of the marketing "food chain"? Ms. Priddy makes money by selling photos of camouflaged cars and the auto mfgrs build suspense and intrigue in their future products by having these photos published free.

      I don't believe manufacturers want complete privacy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brenda we love you! Thank you for all of your hard work. :)
      • 5 Years Ago

      See...
      This is the kind of stuff... that I knew about months / years in advance. And it actually sucks that ABC needs to come out and tell the world who she is and what she does..

      Kind of blows her cover.. and makes the game.. a bit less exciting..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh shush, child. You don't think they didn't already know who she is? That her license plate is "IGOTCHA" and she drives a Scoob? It doesn't change anything except give some public recognition. And that should make her life a little less dangerous, in light of the test driver who tried to kill her son.

        The car manufacturers are trying to do something in secret out on public highways. Kinda stupid, don't you think? But now instead of just "don't get photographed", their other instruction will be "don't threaten Brenda".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I only desire one thing, now that the sheep have been made aware by recent events that the second amendment still exists, she needs to carry an AR-15 with her to prevent harassment by the car dudes. :)



      • 5 Years Ago
      That seems like a pretty awesome job! I wish I could work for her!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      She truly is awesome, gotta thank Brenda!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was some cool clips. When I lived in Phoenix during July you would see cars in all black or striped like a zebra driving around for testing. Was a fun sport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why isn't she camouflaged?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you didn't want your location disclosed, you wouldn't have gone on national news. Mojave Dessert or not, a true spy wouldn't compromise there location. In fact with equipment like that, there is no need for the engineers to even know you are there. Cool job....poor spy. Definitely not similar to James Bond, more like the clumsy agent Smart or Inspector gadget.
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