May 14, 2009

REVERSE ANGLE:

REVIEW: of Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr. by Burt Boyar (Doug Black, Cool Hunting)

Acting like a reverse paparazzo, Sammy Davis Jr. used his position within the Hollywood elite to collect images for his own personal viewing. Rarely without a camera at hand, Davis snapped pictures of his famous friends, as well scenes from his private life. Perhaps more significantly, he also captured huge historical moments from his role endorsing political campaigns and as a key figure in the Civil Rights movement. A portion of his extensive collection was released as "Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr.," published in 2007 under the Regan imprint. Though not new, the book's images have an offhanded charm and palpable intimacy that make it a must-have for anyone interested in mid-century America.

-AUDIO: 'Photo by Sammy Davis,' Scenes in Black and White (News & Notes, May 3, 2007, NPR)


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 14, 2009 6:24 AM
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