Gary Lee Boas is an American photographer and author best known for his photos of the famous. Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s he spent his time photographing celebrities and stars. Always more an amateur bird-watcher than paparazzi Boas' photos have a freshness and fanboy charm that has elevated his work to the status of art.
Gary's gigantic collection of photographs spans the decades and chronicles Hollywood legends like Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin and Hal Roach. There's John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich and Garbo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, O my God! It's Andy Warhol and Candy Darling, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote. And on the new wave are the young stars such as Al Pacino, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Dustin Hoffman. Everyone who was anyone appeared in the viewer of his camera and many became personal friends of his.
Since the publication of his first book in 2000 Boas photographs have been exhibited all over the world and today he travels between the United States and Europe still as active and as enthusiastic as ever.
"Boas is what Andy Warhol might have been if, instead of aiming for that job in New York, he had stayed put in Pittsburgh with his mother". -- John Waters
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