Discussing and signing Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-Up Photography’s Golden Era
Books & Books, Coral Gables. October 24, 2012. 7:00 p.m.
Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops. October 25, 2012. 6:30 p.m.
Once the exclusive realm of the male, pin-up photography was invaded mid-century by a shapely young miss who could, and would, model for her photographs. The only female pin-up photographer of her day, Bunny Yeager was also a model in her own right. After winning several beauty pageants in Miami, Yeager went to photography school, and in 1955, she hit the jackpot with her shot of Bettie Page scantily clad in a Santa hat which sold instantly to the fledgling Playboy magazine.
Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom gathers more than 250 lens-fogging photographs embodying the naughty girl-next-door eroticism of pin-up culture. Culled from Yeager’s extensive archive, the collection includes her most iconic shots of the legendary Bettie Page as well as many previously unpublished images, some of which have never even been scanned. Yeager’s pioneering self-portraits and excerpts from her charming 1960s how-to manuals are featured alongside dozens of wholesome beauties shot in the studio and on location. With an introduction by the Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese.
Bunny Yeager currently lives and works in Miami. She is a photographer, author, and model. Recently Bunny signed a contract with Bruno Banani, a German lingerie and bikini line. Hear Bunny talk about her work in this charming “video peek inside the book”.
Petra Mason is a cultural historian and creative director whose East Coast-centric book credits include: Last Train to Paradise: Centennial edition, South Beach Stories, The Carlyle, In the Spirit of Miami Beach and New York. Photographic installations include The Glass House Icon Project in New York.
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