Photo by Sammy Davis Jr.
On Sale: February 6, 2007
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Jr.—iconic, legendary, in a word, classic. While the world
known of Davis's unparalleled abilities to sing, dance, and
his closest friends and associates knew of his amazing
passion for photography. Now, in this collection of
photos, Burt Boyar, Davis's longtime friend, exposes these
images for generations of his fans, portraying a side of
Davis that has
long remained a secret to the world at large. Here are
shots including his closest friends—Frank Sinatra, Marilyn
Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Sean Connery,
Newman—not to mention scores of the twentieth century's
captured at their most casual and revealing moments.
beneath this public veneer is also a strikingly private side
one that gives a glimpse into his difficult past and long
success. Tracing Davis from his humble origins, the moments
here demonstrate the struggle that he faced as an
performer during racially divided times and show the
being one of the country's most revered celebrities when his
presence signaled the changes taking shape across America.
Accompanying these unforgettable images are Boyar's intimate
remembrances of Davis, as he gives a history and a context
for many of
Davis's striking photographs. Together with the photos,
offer a side of the performer far removed from his Rat Pack
that is at once touching and fascinating.
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