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Bettie Page and the pin-up photography of Bunny Yeager


Bunny Yeager's Beautiful BacksidesBunny Yeager – the pin-up model turned pin-up photographer – died earlier this week at the age of 85. Yeager is particularly famous for her work with Bettie Page, whose career she helped to launch.

When she was 17 her family moved to Florida and she began working as a model. In 1953 she began taking photography night classes. For an assignment, she took photos of friends dressed in leopard-print swimsuits and one of her images was used on the cover of Eye magazine, kick-starting her professional career behind the camera.

She also took the still images of Bond girl Ursula Andress, in a cream bikini, in the 1962 007 movie Dr. No. Yeager’s peak came in the 1950s and 1960s.

More than 20 books of her photography were published between the mid-1960s to 2012 ranging from instructional guides for glamour snappers to glossy modern tributes.

Someone who is serious about Yeager’s work with Bettie Page can pick up this contact sheet for $6,000.

Books by and about Bunny Yeager

100 Girls by Bunny Yeager

How I Photograph Myself by Bunny Yeager

How I Photograph Nudes by Bunny Yeager

Camera in the Caribbean by Bunny Yeager

How to Photograph the Female Figure by Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager’s Photo Studies by Bunny Yeager

The Art of Glamour Photography by Bunny Yeager

Camera in Jamaica by Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager’s Bikini Girls of the 1950s

Bunny Yeager’s Flirts of the Fifties

Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era by Petra Mason

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