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STARSTRUCK: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A FAN - Rare Fine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing: Signed by Gary Lee Boas

Boas, Gary Lee (Photographer); McCormick, Carlo & Musto, Michael (Contributors)

Published by Los Angeles, CA: Dilettante Press/Distributed Art Publishers, 1999
ISBN 10: 0966427254 / ISBN 13: 9780966427257
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Publisher: Los Angeles, CA: Dilettante Press/Distributed Art Publishers, 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.


1st Printing. Signed. 300 pages. Published in 1999. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most valuable photography books of the 20th century. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2000 and 2005 Editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Gary Lee Boas and Dilettante Press: Oversize-volume format in square shape. Stiff pictorial flexi-boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Gary Lee Boas. Text by Carlo McCormick and Michael Musto. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Gary Lee Boas' "Starstruck". Widely regarded as the single most important collection of its kind in the history of Western photography: A dedicated fan's amateur photographs of celebrities. Gary Lee Boas was not a paparazzo like Ron Galella (in that while he relentlessly pursued his subjects, he was not paid to do so, and his "scoops" were lucky "chance" encounters) nor was he a celebrity portrait-photographer like Annie Leibovitz (in that while all of his subjects enjoyed and encouraged being photographed by him, often inviting Boas to pose with them, including a rare photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis posing graciously with Boas, all of his pictures are informal snapshots rather than formal studio portraits). Boas lived the life of the fan whose commitment was religious and spiritual in its intensity. He ended up documenting for posterity the modern celebrity worship that photography has made possible. The idea of celebrity and hero-worship is centuries-old, much older than most people realize (the best book on the subject, "The Frenzy of Renown", recounts how such immortals as Mozart, Shakespeare, and Chopin had devoted cult followings). Boas' distinct advantage over his predecessors was that he could take pictures. "Starting in 1966 at the age of fifteen, Gary Lee Boas would travel from his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and New York City, where he would wait outside theaters, parties, and restaurants in hopes of photographing famous people. He captured everyone from silver-screen goddesses and Broadway legends to beauty queens, rock stars, politicians, porn stars, and the Pope. The result is the most fascinating portrait of contemporary culture, taken from the remarkable perspective of a fan" (Publisher's blurb). Boas' two biggest catches were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Greta Garbo. If you are wondering why these two figures, then you are probably not interested in photography or celebrity. An absolute "must-have" title for Gary Lee Boas and celebrity photography collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Gary Lee Boas. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary cult classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have major flaws (because they have been pored over again and again) or are subsequent printings. Please note: There is neither a hardcover nor a paperback edition. The book was issued with stiff flexi-board covers, which is somewhere between the two. A rare signed copy thus. 300 color plates. "Starstruck" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most important photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0966427254. Bookseller Inventory # 15494

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"Remarkable...compulsively absorbing."? Ken Johnson, The New York Times

"Starstruck unexpectedly celebrates the beauty of the amateur-one whose vocation is not driven by a hunger for money, but by love. The book is a breath of fresh air."?Warren Beatty

??wildly entertaining?An obligatory purchase for all pop culture collections.??Library Journal

This pop culture classic unearths candid photos of the most famous superstars of the 60s and 70s alongside forgotten and cult personalities, captured through the lens of a monumentally obsessed fan. Gary Boas? tales of his interactions with the stars add to this fascinating document of a bygone era.

From the Publisher: Check it out Starstruck fans! You can read more about Gary Boas and Starstuck at or in the following magazines/newspapers out now: VMJ (Video Music Journal)

November 1999 Flaunt

November 1999 AP Wire Service

December 1999 Paper

December 1999 Detour

December 1999 Vogue

December 1999 USA Today Weekend

December 1999 US Magazine

January 2000 Harper's Bazaar

January 2000 Surface

January 2000 In Style

February 2000 many more articles and TV Talk show interviews with Gary to come in February and March. We'll keep you posted. Dilettante Press

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