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Sinatra: Frank and Friendly (preview)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A BOOK of photographs of the legendary Frank Sinatra taken by one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers Terry O’Neill, Sinatra: Frank and Friendly, will be published by Evans Mitchell Books in October 2007.

It was in a relationship spanning three decades that O’Neill earned Sinatra’s trust when, with his discerning eye, he captured some of the most personal photographs of the man – not the legend – at work, rest and play.

And because the superstar of music and films let O’Neill’s camera follow his every move – whether on the road, at home or even backstage – Sinatra: Frank and Friendly goes behind the scenes of Sinatra’s incredible journey of fame.

The book, edited by Robin Morgan, draws on hundreds of images, most of them never published before, from O’Neill’s personal and private archive. Together with O’Neill’s memories of the times they spent together, Sinatra: Frank and Friendly, is O’Neill’s homage to the man and his music.

In an age of paparazzi, doorstep photography and big-budget publicity shoots, O’Neill’s fascinating insights of his relationship with Sinatra are a reminder that there once was a time when celebrities were approachable, trusting and unguarded rather than brands to be embellished, cocooned and marketed.

An exhibition of the photographs from the book is being held at Chris Beetles Gallery from October 10 to October 20, 2007.
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