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Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr. [Kindle Edition]

Burt Boyar
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Sammy Davis, Jr. will forever be remembered as one of America's finest entertainers. An all–around performer who could sing, dance, and act, Davis broke racial barriers in the entertainment world and became the only non–white member of the Rat Pack. Only now, however, is Davis's talent as a photographer finally being recognized. In this previously unpublished collection of black and white photography, readers will be fascinated by Davis's portrayals of A–list performers, iconic world leaders, and scenes from everyday life. Davis's 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's many achievements as well as the private moments they shared as friends. Along with Davis's candid shots of ordinary life–from a group of children laughing to a baseball game at the Washington Monument–these stories reveal a side of the performer far removed from his Rat Pack persona.

The release of this book will also coincide with the release of Burt Boyar's upcoming documentary, Sammy Speaks, created from his extensive archive of taped conversations with the star.

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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 In this previously unpublished collection of black and white photography, readers will be fascinated by Davis' portrayals of A-list performers, iconic world leaders, and scenes from everyday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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6347 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (5 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHC9Q1A
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photography 5 Jan 2009
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an absolutely amazing photography book. Due to the status of the photographer and his access to other screen icons you get a candid look at hollywoods greatest. There are some superb shots, lovely, lovely book.
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Being a massive Sinatra/RatPack fan & a working photographer, I stumbled accross this book by chance, so I wanted to do a little research before I decided to order myself what I can only describe as an absolute gem for any fan.
Reading other reviews of this book, It seems a shame that some are not so keen, I think one must not judge a book such as this on a techanical measure with regards to photographic ability as such, it should be appreciated & enjoyed for the content within its covers, just short of 340 pages of wonderful natural capture, from a time and place only a select few ever were blessed to have lived & worked.
What a joy to have one of the worlds great all round entertainers, carry a camera to capture his life & social world as he lived right there in it.
I believe everything about this book makes it a great addition to any fan of that magical era in history, when movie stars really did earn their place & life just seems so cool.
A book without doubt well worth owning !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SURPRISE 29 Dec 2011
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I brought this book as a christmas present for my father-in-law. He is a big fan of Sammy as I am. This is a georgeous book choc full of all the stars from that era I love. I pretty much showed it to everyone before I wrapped it up as it was so interesting. A must for anyone who loved SDJ ! The book is hard backed, big and exquisitely presented. The ultimate coffee table book. Sammy was a dab hand at the old photography , and this is a top notch example of yet another talent that He possessed. They dont make them like Sammy anymore.
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As I said in the title,there are big giant full page pictures of Sinatra,Martin,Lewis and many other Rat Pack members doing things that you havn't seen them do before.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great book, but . . . 31 Mar 2007
By S. Crayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Eyed Visionary 25 Sep 2007
By Interplanetary Funksmanship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest personal photography collection of the 20th century 15 Mar 2007
By Paul DeZan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Photograghy Fans Too! 22 Jun 2007
By EFIII - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Photo Collection 28 Mar 2007
By Richard Drutman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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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