Former wild child-turned-photographer Amanda De Cadenet has compiled her most candid shots of her famous friends for a new book, RARE BIRDS.

The starry photo album features party snapshots of pals like Benicio Del Toro, Drew Barrymore and the socialite's current boyfriend Nick Valensi of rockers The Strokes.

De Cadenet, the former wife of DURAN DURAN star John Taylor, reveals none of the photos in her new book were set-up affairs.

She says, "Almost every single image in the book just happened to occur. Ninety per cent of the time I have my camera with me. I could be having a conversation with someone and they'll do something that captures my eye."