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Pictures I Had to Take

Grey, Joel & Duane Michals

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ISBN 10: 1576871681 / ISBN 13: 9781576871683
Published by Powerhouse Books, New York, NY, 2003
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Fine in a fine DJ; INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page. Warm inscription, dated July 2005, to founders of Hamburger Hamlet and Kate Mantilini's restaurants. Marvelous full page color photos. ; 8vo; 152 p. Bookseller Inventory # 33823

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Title: Pictures I Had to Take

Publisher: Powerhouse Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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“Being an actor and in the public eye, this...was a private act that could (should I choose) be shared with others....As long as I can remember, I’ve loved taking photographs. It was always a complete and spontaneous pleasure for me, ‘Oh my God, look at that!’ I never thought about a tripod, zoom, or light meter. It was never work, only satisfaction. Looking...observing...recording...reflecting. Acts unspoiled by ambition, expectation, or competition.”
—Joel Grey

Pictures I Had to Take, the first monograph by acclaimed actor Joel Grey, is a highly personal visual memoir of Grey’s experiences while living and traveling in Europe, Asia, South and Central America, and the United States over the last twenty-five years. Separate and apart from his theater and film work, Grey exhibits for us images that he was compelled to remember and record—the pictures he “had to take.” Whether focusing his camera on a serene golden Buddha or on a majestic vista of misty Incan ruins, we can sense Grey’s delightful sense of wonder and joy in the detail and the magnificent on each page, guiding us through a quarter-century of intensely felt observations.

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Joel Grey is best known for his Academy and Tony Award-winning performances as the emcee in Cabaret. He also received The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his portrayal of Amos Hart in the Broadway revival of "Chicago." Grey has garnered numerous awards for his bravura work in theatre, film, television, and concerts, from his Tony-nominated work in the musicals "George M" and "Goodtime Charley and the Grand Tour" to his Emmy-nominated appearance in the TV series "Brooklyn Bridge." His film credits include Dancer In The Dark, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and Kafka, among many others. Grey lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. Duane Michals (Introduction) has published more than twenty books, including Eros and Thantos (Twin Palms, 1992), Salute, Walk Whitman (Twin Palms, 1996), and Questions Without Answers (Twin Palms, 2001). He lives in New York City.

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