Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bunny Yeager | March 13, 1930 - May 25, 2014

"What's My Line?" - July 14, 1957.


Back before photographers used film instead of pixels, and relied on lighting and technique instead of Photoshop, Miami pin-up model turned pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager, photographed real women who had real curves and not a touch of silicone.

She died today in North Miami at age 85.


Via the New York Times:
Bunny Yeager, a model-turned-photographer whose images of a scarcely clad Bettie Page, embodying feral sexuality and winsome naïveté all at once, helped propel Ms. Page to international stardom as a midcentury pinup queen, died on Sunday in North Miami, Fla. She was 85.

Bunny Yeager self portrait. 
(Harold Golen Gallery.)

Bunny Yeager built a racy career on a talent for snapping photographs of shapely young women stripped to their lacies. Ms. Yeager’s 1950s and ’60s boudoir shots, especially those of Bettie Page, the era’s most popular pinup, are influencing fashion photography to this day. As are, increasingly, a slew of pictures of Ms. Yeager vamping provocatively for her own lens.

Ms. Yeager’s women are “real,” said Harold Golen, who exhibited Ms. Yeager’s photographs at his gallery in Miami last spring. “None of them are spray-tanned,” he said. “Their breasts aren’t ballooned.

“They have curves, and even a bit of cellulite.”
-New York Times, March 15, 2012.

Miami News, Feb. 4, 1951: Posing cost her three boyfriends.

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