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Boas, Gary Lee (Photographer); McCormick, Carlo & Musto, Michael (Contributors). STARSTRUCK: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A FAN. Los Angeles, CA: Dilettante Press/Distributed Art Publishers, 1999. Flexible Covers. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most valuable photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2000 and 2005 Editions. 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 what is widely regarded as the single most important collection of its kind in the history of photography, a dedicated fan's 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 photographer like Annie Leibovitz (in that while all of his subjects enjoyed and even encouraged being photographed by him, and often invited Boas to pose with them, including a rare photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy 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/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, 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. A "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. This title is a classic. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Almost all other copies available online have major flaws (because they have been pored over again and again) or are subsequent printings. 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. $400.00

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