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.
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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.
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
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