Size: 24" (60.48cm) x 20" (50.4cm) Edition of 15

Ted Allan

Sinatra Flying Solo

Estate Print 

Frank heading to the Cal-Neva Lodge on board his private plane, 1962.

Shot by Ted Allan

Estate Print printed for the first time in 2011 for Reel Art Press



Ted Allan was dubbed “Farley Focus” by Frank Sinatra, but he had yet another name still: He was born Theos Alwyn Dunagan in Clifton, Arizona, in 1910, and chose the name he would use for the rest of his life during a brief fling at acting.

As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles, where he created drawings, paintings and pastels from still photographs for Metropolitan Theatre lobbies. Among his jobs was enhancing stars' photographs with oil paint, a talent which he never lost and would come in handy in later years when he had to retouch images of his famous subjects.

In 1933 he opened a portrait studio in Hollywood and shot such stars as Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple, Helen Hayes, and John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore for, among other clients, MGM, CBS Radio, and ABC television.

He worked under personal contract to Sinatra for nearly a decade during the ‘60s and ‘70s, shooting many famous album jackets and publicity images of the singer. Later in his career, he opened the Ted Allan Film Studios and shot featurettes, documentaries and low-budget narrative films.

He died in 1993 at the age of eighty-three. 

Biography by Shawn Levy, taken from The Rat Pack.