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Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: Pin-up Photography's Golden Era Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st ed edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838554
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bunny Yeager's Darkroom from Rizzoli documents the photographer's dynamic career guided by the artist herself....In all Yeager's photos, you get a pure sense the fun and excitement. The scenes she created are always glamorous but also quite endearing— sexy, fun and intriguing but with a sense of ease that makes them universally irresistible." ~Coolhunting.com

"...drops you right behind the camera and features over 100 photos for you to drool over." ~Coolmaterial.com

"Legendary for her brilliance in capturing the essential sexuality of women, Yeager’s models, including the equally famed Bettie Page, fill the pages..." ~Sun Post

“...includes many images from the longtime Miami resident's personal archive, including iconic shots of the legendary Bettie Page and many previously unpublished images. And she hasn't stopped creating" ~southflorida.com

"Bunny Yeager's Darkroom is about master photographer and pioneer Bunny Yeager,  but it also happens to be the best book ever published about Bettie Page and the best collection of original photographs ever seen of the model. If you are one of the millions interested in Bettie Page, buy this book." ~Vintage Sleaze

"...a new collection of more than 250 photographs curated by author and cultural historian Petra Mason that includes iconic shots of Bettie Page, whom Yeager is credited with discovering, and many previously unpublished images including Yeager self-portraits." ~Huffington Post

"This book of classic pin-up photos is the ideal gift" ~Baltimore City Paper

"....glimpse into the icons and outtakes of pin-up photography’s golden era, including chapters on Yaeger’s early self-portraits, classic American cheesecake and, of course, star subject Bettie Page." ~National Post

"...utterly evocative of its time, and rather innocent.." ~Palm Beach Post

About the Author

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.


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It's a large gorgeous coffee table book printed on thick beautiful glossy paper filled with many fun and flirty pictures.
sunshine lady
If you're a fan of Bunny Yeager's work, or just vintage pinup or glamor photography of the 1940's and 1950's, this book is guaranteed to satisfy.
Nachtjager
She did female Pinup and Glamor shots of herself, and some of the best models working in the 50's, most notably Bettie Page.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosener VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bunny Yeager was probably the ONLY Female photographer in a very male field back in the 50's. She did female Pinup and Glamor shots of herself, and some of the best models working in the 50's, most notably Bettie Page. I've seen most of the photographs in this volume in various books or vintage magazines. However I've never seen them reproduced so beautifully. So the technical mastery of Bunny's work can be appreciated, as well as the gorgeous real bodies of her models. What makes this volume worth owning is the superb curatorship of author Petra Mason. Way before the crop of female art photographers like Cindy Sherman, we see Bunny Yeager making very contemporary looking self portraits as she plays various roles. We also see her representing female beauty from a woman's perspective which was extremely rare in the 50's and early 60's. Of note are the Contact Sheets reproduced full page so we see the out takes. I went to grad school at Visual Studies Workshop, founded by Nathan Lyons. Nathan is a tremendous photographer and curator himself, who gave the likes of Jerry Uelsmann and Robert Fichter their first shows back in the 60's. Someone once asked Nathan who his favorite photographer was. His response was immediate; "Bunny Yeager". We all laughed thinking he was joking. But seeing this volume makes me think maybe he knew something about Bunny's artistic abilities that no one else saw past her lovely figures. Either way you will enjoy the gorgeous photographs in this book. The perfect gift for anyone who appreciates great vintage photography, and lovely intelligent women.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mortyf on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just received my copy and it is breathtaking. This is a stunning and deeply joyous look at pin up photography from the vantage point of a female photographer. The images are epic. The reproductions are gorgeous.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sunshine lady on March 1, 2013
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I have been a huge fan of vintage glamour girls for most of my life and I'm especially fascinated with Bettie Page and the lovely ladylike women from the 50's and 60's. This book is by Miami Florida's legendary pin up model turned photograher Bunny Yeager. It's a large gorgeous coffee table book printed on thick beautiful glossy paper filled with many fun and flirty pictures. These are some of the most beautiful photo's of Bettie Page I have seen, Bettie is playfully enjoying the sun and ocean waves, kicking her legs in a waterfall or laying nude next to a couple of cheetah's in her famous "jungle girl" photo's and don't forget Bettie's famous adorably flirty Miss Dec 1955 Playboy Playmate santa hat photo. There are alot of contact sheets so we get to see alot of outtakes and many never before seen pictures from the Betty sessions. There is a nice interview with Bettie and fun instuctions on making your own pin up photo's, the right props and poses etc... Also there are other lovely pictures of Bunny herself and unknown models. There is even a few photo's of unknown but interesting handsome man in several wonderful and stunning ocean photos. I really enjoyed the amazing back story about Bunny Yeager and how she got into photograhy. She certainly is a beauty herself and has a very creative artistic view of the female form and photograhy itself. The Black and white pictures of the ocean are breathtaking. I can almost feel the Florida sun and sand on my feet looking at these winsome photo's of a more innocent era gone by. I wish Bunny Yeager could sign my book and I could have met her. Thank you for a delightful book, God Bless you Bunny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DON ELMORE on October 31, 2013
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If you are a fan of Bunny and Bettie this book is a must have for your collection. Great quality black and white images with a few color!!! Many images of less known models of Bunny's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith L. on January 19, 2014
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Bunny was a trailblazer female photographer and this is an excellent record of her work. Among all of her many female models, Bettie Page was the best, & there are a good number of shots of her here.
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