"This autobiography helps the reader to understand the international film scene of the 1960s and 1970s from the point of view of a very lucky witness, a young photographer traveling between Europe and America." Lorenzo Codelli, Italian film archivist and author of World Film Locations: Singapore
" My Life in Focus offers a unique look at the business of filmmaking and the perils of celebrity during the 1960s and 1970s. Bozzacchi tells his tale in a voice that gives life to his recollection and places these events in a thoughtful context that makes them more than mere anecdotes about the rich and famous." Douglass K. Daniel, writer and editor with the Associated Press and author of Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks
"I was captivated by the story of Gianni's unlikely journey to the bosom of the 60s and 70s Jet Set, a story he tells with warmth and self-deprecating humor. His ascension to the pinnacle of his profession as photographer seems at times like a magic carpet ride, but Gianni never loses sight of his integrity as a person and as an artist through the wild and unexpected turns.
This book is full of fascinating revelations, even for someone like myself who has been a close friend of Gianni's for nearly 50 years." Christopher Wilding, Elizabeth Taylor's son
"I was pleased to have Gianni on the set of my film The Last Days of Mussolini. He made some wonderful images. Reading his book gives you the pleasure of knowing Gianni and sharing the words expressed by Pablo Picasso on his work: "His photographs are full of human warmth and his black and white is full of color." Carlo Lizzani, Italian film director, screenwriter, and critic
"An extraordinary book about a young boy in neorealismo postWorld War II Romewho, through the lens of a camera, grows up to photograph the great stars of cinema and royalty, and lives La Dolce Vita." Jay Kanter, former chairman of production and Chief Operating Officer of MGM-Pathe/MGM Communications
" My Life in Focus is an endearing account from a man with a healthy attitude toward stardom, well aware, first hand, of the prison of fame. As a photographer, he allowed the light to capture the moment and balanced craft with art." Shepherd Express
"Bozzacchi also includes interesting adventures and observations about Princess Grace, Bardot, Virna Lisi, Chanel, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch. (Gianni found Welch to be charming, quite unlike her disagreeable image at the time, but he still has no idea how she ended up naked and unconscious in Richard's bed during the filming of "Bluebeard" with the inebriated Burton in an agony of regret.)" Liz Smith, New York Social Diary
The personal shutterbug for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares his behind-the-scenes impression of an age of glamour long gone.As Bozzacchi (Elizabeth Taylor: The Queen and I, 2002) acknowledges, decades after the photos on which he built his reputation, "even if I got elected President of the United States, I'd still be remembered as the man who was once Elizabeth Taylor's personal photographer." He gives his readers what he knows they want: lot of photos of the star he knew as "Baby Boobs," numerous anecdotes of the tempestuous couple (the author tried in vain to keep pace with Burton's drinking), and some hit-and-run impressions of others who came into his orbit, often because he was in the famous couple's orbit. Bozzacchi shot an official portrait of Princess Grace Kelly and her royal family as well as plenty of photos of her more casually posed (and shared here), largely because she had been so impressed with the way in which he captured the many dimensions of Elizabeth Taylor (who wrote the foreword to this book shortly before her death) and humanized her in the process. The author writes of the difficulties of shooting Picasso, of Al Pacino's shyness, of his encounters with everyone from Rock Hudson to John Wayne to Elvis Presley to Raquel Welch (who may well have had a fling with Burton, though at least one of them was too drunk to remember). He insists that the famous cover of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road was his idea and that the band then took it to another photographer and that he recognized the potential in Rocky when it was still a screenplay. He also addresses the end of an era, as glossy magazines that prized beauty gave way to a thirst for scandal and photos that captured celebrities at less than their best. A light entertainment.