(New York? ): Mostly 1968-1979. Item #1037
11¼” x 9¾”. Commercial photo album, internally steel spiral bound. 20 gummed mylar covered leaves with 135 mostly color photos adhered both sides with another 29 laid in. Most measure 3½” x 3½” to 3½” x 4½” and only one, so far as we can tell, is captioned. Album good: front hinge split, such that front board and back strip are loose, but firmly attached to rear board. Photos generally near fine or better, a few are a bit overexposed. An album with numerous humanizing images of one of the most famous opera singers of the 20th century. This collection of photographs centers around Luciano Pavarotti but also includes shots of a number of other opera notables including Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland. Around 60 images show Pavarotti. He first appeared in the United States with his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in November 1968. The New York Times wrote in its obituary of Pavarotti that “millions . . . Found in his expansive personality, childlike charm and generous figure a link to an art form with which many had only a glancing familiarity. ”The pictures here document that charm and persona in a way that professional photos cannot. They begin in late 1968 and show the young Pavarotti just after performances, still in makeup and costume. Some show him in a room offstage enjoying friends and fans while others show him mugging for the camera just outside a theater. One series from the mid-70s shows him in someone's living room standing around a piano and singing with his companions. Another series shows him at a tennis club, dressed to play, including one of him on the court awaiting the serve. There are shots of him sitting around a dining room table with remnants of a dinner party strewn about. Several of his photos are simply silly. An uncommonly intimate look at famous opera singers, with an abundance of photos of the man the New York Times called “a titan of pop culture. ”This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.