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Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr. (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Februar 2007

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: It Books; Auflage: 1 (6. Februar 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061146056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061146053
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 24,1 x 30,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 441.658 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Beautiful archival snapshots . . . As an entertainer and photographer, Davis was able to enter into many worlds.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))


Sammy Davis, Jr. will forever be remembered as one of America's finest entertainers. Only now, however, is Davis' talent as a photographer finally being recognized. In this previously unpublished collection of black and white photography, readers will be fascinated by Davis' portrayals of A-list performers, iconic world leaders, and scenes from everyday life. Davis' subjects include dozens of classic celebrities - such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, and James Dean - who are often photographed at their most casual and revealing moments. Accompanying the pictures is an assortment of remembrances by Burt Boyar, a longtime friend and traveling companion of Davis who collaborated with the entertainer on both of his autobiographies. Through a series of memorable anecdotes, Boyar reflects on Davis' many achievements as well as the private moments they shared as friends.


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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bondgirl & hightower am 18. Januar 2010
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Dieses Buch überraschte mich! Klar macht es immer mistrauisch, wenn sogenannte Prominente die Welt mit ihren Fotos beglücken. Bei Sammy ist das anders: von Jerry Lewis bekam er seine erste Kamera, er hatte eine sein Leben lang dabei, er hat viele Menschen getroffen und fotografiert, da sind die Showgrößen und Schauspieler seiner Zeit, Politiker, seine Familie und andere. Es macht Spaß, im fabelhaft aufgemachten, dicken und qualitativ hochwertigen Buch zu blättern. Die Bilder sind schnörkelos direkt, ungestellt, ungekünstelt, fast alle in Schwarzweiß, wohltuend fernab der langweiligen Photoshop-Perfektion unserer Tage.

Es ist gut, dass es dieses Buch gibt. Bei dem heutigen techniklastigen fotografischen (Miss)-Verständnis, treten die Bilder den Beweis an, dass Fotobegeisterung, Talent und Stetigkeit, also immer, ein Leben lang zu fotografieren, mehr als ausreichend sind, um etwas Interessantes und Zeitloses zu erschaffen. Manch ein Bild wirkt unscharf, einzeln vielleicht banal - die Masse, Sammys fotografische Begeisterung und sein konsequneter direkter Augen-Blick, machen den Bildband sehr sehenswert und kurzweilig.

Vermutlich wäre er wohl nie auf den Gedanken gekommen, dass seine Fotos in einem fast 2kg schweren Bildband landen. Aber einfach losblättern und noch eine CD von Sammy hören, sie bringen uns der Person und seiner Zeit sehr nahe.
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Still a great book, but . . . 31. März 2007
Von S. Crayne - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Sammy Davis, Jr. was one of the GREAT entertainer's of the 20th Century (Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra are also on that list). The photos are a GREAT record of his life and the people he surrounded himself with. Unfortunately, some of the text was poorly researched.

One passage makes reference to his triumphant CIRO'S comeback show after his 1955 car accident and makes mention of the many stars in attendance, including Clark Gable and his wife Carole Lombard. Impossible, as Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash, January 1942. A similar mistake is made regarding his opening night party to celebrate the Broadway show GOLDEN BOY in 1965. Another list of stars in attendance at the aftershow party makes mention of Marilyn Monore at this party. She may have been there in spirit as she and Sammy were good friends, but as most people know, Marilyn died in August of 1962. These are simple editing/research errors that should have been easily caught.

Inspite of the text errors, this book is HIGHLY recommended to fans of old Hollywood, the Rat Pack and of Sammy himself.
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One Eyed Visionary 25. September 2007
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Few have personified the phrase "self-made man" as did legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990). The world remembers Davis for his varied and extraordinary accomplishments as an actor, singer, musician, dancer, and comedian.

But hardly anyone outside his circle of friends and family has been familiar with his photography--until now. With this hefty book, interspersed with reminisces by longtime friend Burt Boyar (who co-wrote Davis's autobiographies Yes I Can and Why Me?), his old fans and a new generation can revel in hundreds of images that reveal yet another significant facet of Davis's far-reaching talents.

Though Photo lacks the singular thematic focus of books published by such photographer-celebrities as Dennis Hopper and Gerry Spence, that's no drawback for this posthumously published volume. Rather, it pulls the reader into the exciting world of nightclubs, casinos, and Beverly Hills homes in which Davis moved, mostly from the late 1940s through early '70s. A voracious shutterbug, he took his photography seriously: his compositions are strikingly iconic, employing sophisticated use of line and form. Yet, his pictures are mostly snapshots--in the best sense of the word: they capture their subjects spontaneously, and his joie de vivre suffuses his work. Think of it as a highly stylized family album packed with candid portraits of "Rat Pack" pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, and Shirley MacLaine, as well as other famous friends like Nat "King" Cole, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Sidney Poitier, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Lewis, and Bill Cosby.

Among the more touching aspects of this book are the portraits of his actual family: his parents, his second wife May Britt and their children, and his third wife (and widow) Altovise Gore Davis. The most poignant are the many shots of actress Kim Novak, the first great love of Davis's life, who was forced by Columbia Pictures studio chief Harry Cohn to break off their relationship (interracial relationships were strictly taboo in 1950s Hollywood, not to mention in society generally).

One photograph, despite its matter-of-fact framing, is particularly chilling. Through the window of a passenger train en route to Miami, Davis snapped a picture of an elderly white gentleman on a station platform holding a cigarette, standing before a pair of double doors over which the foreboding phrase "WHITE WAITING ROOM" is painted. Davis's photographic abilities and inclinations were such that we see a mostly glamorous world through his eye. Thus, when we arrive at this jarring image, it's impossible not to apprehend it from his point-of-view--and also not to feel the sense of injustice that he must have experienced in the Jim Crow South as he clicked the shutter.

As Davis's show business career took off, many venues--even north of the Mason-Dixon Line--were happy to let blacks perform onstage; but the same headliner artists weren't even permitted to drink at the bar, use a dressing room, or occupy one of their hotel rooms. Photographs from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and portraits of politician friends Senator Robert Kennedy and President Richard Nixon, give silent witness to Davis's largely forgotten achievements as an outspoken civil rights advocate.

Photo is a coffee-table book that won't spend much time on the coffee table if your houseguests are anything like mine. Because of a car crash in 1954, Sammy Davis, Jr., was left with only one eye. But what an eye this cat had!
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Perhaps the greatest personal photography collection of the 20th century 15. März 2007
Von Paul DeZan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was absolutely blown away by this amazing, totally unexpected book of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s extremely intimate personal photography (mostly B&W shot with 35mm rangefinder cameras). We don't have stars like Davis' subjects here anymore, not because ours shine less brilliantly but because WE KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THEM. Paging through this collection is like a combination of time travel and delicious, mouth-watering voyeurism. I love photography books but this tops almost everything I've seen for both pure fun and historical significance. Assuming, of course, that you think of popular culture as significant. I think it must be, since there's precious little else left in this country today.
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For Photograghy Fans Too! 22. Juni 2007
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I originally picked up this book as a curiosity and found its links to a bygone era utterly fascinating. The subject matter, i.e., rat pack photos were wonderful but the photographic mastery of Davis Jr. is, I think, equally as stunning. A look into Davis Jr.'s remarkable life is given by him in the way, like other great photographers, he insightfully choses to document and communicate with his subjects through the lens. Again, like many great photographers, the images are powerful and soft, crisp and dazzling. More talent revealed from a man who had more in his baby finger than most of us have coursing through our entire bodies.
Bravo. Well done.
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Rare Photo Collection 28. März 2007
Von Richard Drutman - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is an outstanding collection of photos taken personally by Sammy Davis Jr. It is a larger then life recap of not only his personal career but also gives us a glimpse at the personal lives of Sinatra,Martin,Lewis Kennedy,Lawford, Bishop and the whole "Rat Pack" as well as Shirley MClaine and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few.I would highly recommend it to those individuals that really appreciated the careers and lives of so many of the super stars of that era that touched his life.
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