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Sinatra: Frank and Friendly - Chris Beetles Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of the photographs from a new book, Sinatra: Frank and Friendly by Terry O’Neill, will be on display in Chris Beetles Gallery from October 10 to October 20, 2007.

Frank Sinatra is a truly iconic legend and few photographers worked more closely with him than Terry O’Neill, one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers. His work hangs in national museums and art galleries worldwide and has appeared on the covers of every major magazine for more than 40 years.

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 remind us that there once was a time when celebrities were approachable, trusting and unguarded rather than brands to be embellished, cocooned and marketed.

Sinatra: Frank and Friendly will be published in October 2007 and will be available from all good book retailers priced £30.

O’Neill has been hailed as perhaps the greatest photographic chronicler of fame. In the 1960s, he captured the cultural emancipation of music, fashion and movies before moving to Hollywood where he quickly established himself as the first choice photographer and friend of film stars, directors, producers and magazine editors.

He revolutionised portraiture and pioneered reportage celebrity photography. He created Bond film posters, Versace fashion campaigns and backstage photojournalism. His iconic images are included in international art collections and sell widely on the fine-art market. He lives in London and continues to work on both sides of the Atlantic.