By Bruce Fessier
THE DESERT SUN
For a former public relations guy, Hal Sloane has an odd aversion to posed photographs.
That's why the Palm Springs resident's first book of photographs, at age 83, is titled "Mostly Off-Guard: Photos by Hal Sloane, Four Decades of
The book is on sale at the Peppertree Bookstore in Palm Springs and through his Web site at www.halsloane.com.
A hard cover book will be sold in limited editions in art galleries and he's just starting to market the soft cover nationally.
He'll talk about it at 5:30 p.m.
today at the UC Riverside, Palm Desert Theater in a free
"Conversation With Prof. Tom Lutz," the UCR Palm Desert MFA program director.
He'll discuss another time of his life at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 28, at a Distinguished Flying Cross Desert Flyers Command gathering at the Hyatt
Grand Champions Conference Center in Indian Wells.
During World War II Sloane flew missions over Europe as a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp, serving as a Navigator on a B-17.
Sloane, who attended UCLA before entering service and Columbia University after the war, has been a publisher, exposition producer, music
promoter and production stage manager, besides being a publicist.
He said he got into photography by accident.
"I actually started by carrying a camera with me to more or less chronicle what I was doing," he said. "I spent years doing youth expositions.
The biggest was at the Hollywood Palladium. We took over for 10 days and attracted hundreds of thousands of teenagers."
The Beatles were in Minneapolis on their second American tour and, being in the same city producing a youth exposition, he was invited to
the press conference and the photos he took of them became valuable.
By the time he took his only two pictures in the Coachella Valley for the book in 2006, candids of Diana Ross and the
quartet of Jerry Vale, Mimi Hines, Christine Andreas and Andy Williams, he had a collection that was book worthy, as the photos on this page reveal.
This looks like a studio portrait, but Sloane never ever took a studio shot. Liza was speaking at a charity
fundraiser in Beverly Hills in 1990. She was in a spotlight and there was nothing behind her, making this look like a studio portrait. Liza performs Nov.
29 at the McCallum Theatre.