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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

“You Have To Own…Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom, a seductive look at the 50-year career of Bunny Yeager, from pin-up model to photographer and designer. She was never bound by a style; she experimented with lighting, depth of field, and story telling seamlessly. Creatively, and perhaps courageously, this is how she made a name for herself in an industry overflowing with men, and almost explicitly for men: the world of pin-up photos. What’s better is that on top of being a photographer Bunny Yeager was also a talented writer, and her essays and instructions on photography are included. With old-fashioned courtesy and the patient grammatical correctness of a school teacher, Bunny’s musings on how to take photos come across as a motivational speech to love yourself, or at least work with what you’ve been given.” –American Standard Time 

"...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the longtime Miami resident's personal archive, including iconic shots of the legendary Bettie Page and many previously unpublished images.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Petra Mason that includes iconic shots of Bettie Page, whom Yeager is credited with discovering, and many previously unpublished images including Yeager self-portraits."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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1St Edition 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Rosener VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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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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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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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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Can't say I know a lot about photography, but a dear friend of mine was looking to expand her business into so-called "boudoir" photography (sexy pictures intended for one's boyfriend/girlfriend) and I thought she'd enjoy this. She did, and said it was very inspiring. Seeing what was considered 'risque' back then as opposed to what you might see during any given day watching network TV today is a hoot.
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Publisher Rizzoli has, with its recent beautifully appointed books concerning Bunny Yaeger,
given Taschen a real sprint for their money. Every page chock full of nicely chosen
glamour photographs shot by a master(mistress?) of the art form. Given time, it's taken
the better part of a century for her work to be pulled from the publishing ghetto, into
the light of day. This book, and Yaeger's last, on Bette Page, belong on the shelf of anyone
with more than a casual interest in the history and evolution of the American Pin Up.
Call it cheesecake or what you will, it's beyond the time to pull it, and it's champions,
out of that crowded closet.You should know that it contains some nudity. You should
also know that it is one of the best books of its kind.
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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. Extremely well done, extremely high quality, this is just one of those books that will be a top-shelf source of ideas for photography forevermore. It's great if you're a photographer yourself, and it's equally great if you just appreciate the gorgeous ladies of the era and want to admire how magnificently Bunny Yeager preserved their images.

This is a fantastic large-format book and unlike a lot of books in this genre, the printing quality is superb and the paper quality is fantastic - buy it, you'll have no regrets.
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