My Life in Focus: A Photographer's Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set

My Life in Focus: A Photographer's Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set

by Gianni Bozzacchi, Joey Tayler (With)


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When Gianni Bozzacchi accepted an assignment as a photographer on the set of The Comedians (1967), he didn't know that his life was about to change forever. His ability to capture the beauty of candid moments drew the attention of the film's star, Elizabeth Taylor, and prompted her to hire him as her personal photographer. Not only did he go on to enjoy a jet-set life as her friend and confidant — preserving unguarded moments between the violet-eyed beauty and Richard Burton as they traveled the world — but Bozzacchi also became an internationally renowned photographer and shot some of the biggest celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s.

In My Life in Focus, Bozzacchi traces his journey from humble beginnings to the sphere of the rich and famous. As a child, he cultivated his skills by working with his father — a photographer for the Italian government. Following in his parent's footsteps was not something Bozzacchi had foreseen for his future; but his passion for taking pictures and his ability to put his subjects at ease enabled him to capture stunning images of some of the greatest stars of the twentieth century, including Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Raquel Welch, Mia Farrow, Clint Eastwood, and the royal family of Monaco.

Beautifully illustrated with many of the photographer's most iconic images, this lively memoir reveals private moments in the Taylor-Burton love story and provides an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at the business of filmmaking and the perils of celebrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813168746
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 01/05/2017
Series: Screen Classics Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gianni Bozzacchi is an Italian writer, producer, and director made famous by his photographs of Elizabeth Taylor. He has collaborated on films with Sergio Leone and Michelangelo Antonioni among others.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Taylor vii

Prologue 1

Introduction 3

1 War, Hunger, and the Art of Getting By 7

2 A Roman Rebel without a Cause 27

3 After the Neorealism 39

4 Jet-Set Jungle 55

5 Introverted in America 77

6 "The New King of the Camera" 99

7 Black and White in Color 115

8 Success, Italian Style 143

9 The Artist in Me 163

10 Without My Father 187

11 Another Funeral 215

12 Cinderella and Me 237

13 Daddy 257

14 Breaking Up 267

Epilogue 279

Index 291

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