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Women of the Sun: Bunny Yeager in Mexico

Price: $59.95
Item Number: 66088
Pioneer photographer Bunny Yeager, lauded for her collaborations with pin-up legend Bettie Page (the Queen of Cheesecake was never captured better), this new coffee-table hardcover book showcases a stunning collection of unique photos shot South of the Border during the mid-1960s that has remained largely unseen―until now.

Over 200 rare images in both color and b&w are included, many previously unpublished, revealing Bunny Yeager’s photography at her most artistic, exotic, and intimate. Awe-inspired by the epic backdrop of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, or the silent city of Chichén Itzá―and with a roster of fabulous, natural models to pose―this is a landmark photographer unleashed at her creative peak. Women of the Sun: Bunny Yeager in Mexico is an essential book release for both casual and ardent pin-up fans alike.

Linnea Eleanor Yeager was nicknamed “Bunny” after a character Lana Turner played in Weekend At The Waldorf (1945), and grew up wanting to be a Hollywood star like Rita Hayworth or Betty Grable. Initially, she entered a world of glamour and glitz in front of the camera, becoming the most photographed model in Miami. But after enrolling in a photography class, and sending some of her pictures of Maria Stringer to glamour pulp Eye magazine, Bunny’s work appeared on the next front cover–and suddenly she was a published photographer. By the time she met pin-up legend Bettie Page, Bunny was already establishing a name for herself as a female photographer in a pin-up industry dominated by men. Her pictures of the “Temptress from Tennessee” have a distinctive personal style that’s been much imitated but never equaled–whether cavorting on sunny beaches, jiggling as a devil girl, or roaming the denizens as a jungle girl, Bettie is perfectly in tune with her environment and totally at ease with the snapping shutter. Like many of her photo-shoots with models, Bunny also designed and sewed the all the costumes that Bettie wore. One auspicious studio session though found Bettie posed nude, wearing only a fur-trimmed Santa hat and putting up Christmas decorations–it was published as the centerfold in the holiday issue of Playboy in January 1955. Both women would grace the famous pages of the publication many times after. Bunny continued as a highly successful pin-up photographer, with her pictures earning recognition for popularizing the bikini. Chosen as ‘Photographer of the Year’ in 1959, she was also voted one of the Top 10 Female photographers in the US. Travelling extensively in the ‘60s, she created the iconic still images of Ursula Andress ascending the Caribbean beach for Dr. No (1961), and discovered a huge array of pin-up stars and glamour models along the way, many becoming Playboy ‘Playmate of the Year’. She playing herself in some saucy semi-documentary movies too (later released on video by Cult Epics), and opposite Frank Sinatra as a Swedish masseuse in the swinging Lady In Cement (1968). By the ‘70s Bunny stopped selling photos to men’s magazine, as she felt they had become too sexually explicit and raunchy. She continued to take photographs of beautiful women, however, for the rest of her life. Before her death in 2014, she would witness a critical reevaluation of her work in museums and galleries throughout the world.

Nico B is the founder of the Cult Videotheek, the legendary Amsterdam video store. In 1991, he launched Cult Epics, an independent label specializing in arthouse, horror, and erotic cinema. The first film acquired for distribution was The Exotic Dances of Bettie Page, which was followed by cult classics such as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Cannibal Holocaust. Other early releases included a number of pin-up related titles such as Bettie Page Bondage Queen, Bunny Yeager’s Nude Las Vegas, Bunny Yeager’s Nude Camera and 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager (which he also directed). Moving to the US in 1998, Nico B continued to release controversial films from directors like Tinto Brass, Radley Metzger and Walerian Borowczyk, with definitive editions on DVD and Blu-ray. He also directed the films Bettie Page Dark Angel and SIN. In recent years, Cult Epics has branched into books, including Vintage Beauty: Nude Photography 1900-1960, Cult Epics: A Comprehensive Guide to Cinema and The Art of Rozz Williams: From Christian Death To Death.



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