Starstruck.
Photographs From A Fan.


Photographsy by Gary Lee Boas.
Dilettante, 2006. 300 pp., Numerous color illustraitons, 8x8".



Publisher's Description
Starting in 1966 at the age of fifteen, Gary Boas would travel from his home town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia and New York City, where he would wait outside theaters, parties, and restaurants in hopes of photographing famous people. With his instamatic camera he captured everyone from silver-screen goddesses and Broadway legends to forgotten local beauty queens, rock stars, politicians, porn stars and the Pope.

Alongside these candid, never-before-seen images of Marlene Dietrich, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Chambers, and many forgotten and cult personalities from the era are Boas’s own insightful and astonishing observations of his interactions with the stars. The result is fascinating portrait of contemporary American culture, taken from the remarkable perspective of an unknown fan.

These photographs and stories, dating from 1966 to 1980, document with refreshing vitality a bygone era of glamour, fandom, and pre-paparazzi innocence.

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