Truly a ‘self made woman’, photographer Bunny Yeager started out as a pin up model herself. She won several titles, and was featured in numerous ‘swimsuit magazines’. Even today, her photos still have a timeless, natural look about them. Bunny did not rely on technical tricks such as soft-focus, trusting instead in the aura of her models alone.
Archive for December 12th, 2008
Bonfils was a family firm of French photographers, Félix Bonfils (1831-1886), his son Adrien Bonfils (1860-1929) and finally Lydie Bonfils née Marie Lydie Cabanis (1837-1918), wife of Félix and mother of Adrien.
Born March 8, 1831 in Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, France, Paul Félix Bonfils began his professional life as a bookbinder and printer, specializing in heliogravures (photoengravings). In 1860 he traveled to the Lebanon with the expeditionary corps of Napoleon III. After his return to France he became a professional photographer in Alès. In 1867 he was the first French photographer, and one of the first European photographers, to settle in the Near East, establishing a studio in Beirut, a city of the Ottoman Empire. He had a particular interest in architectural photography of historical significance, and photographed throughout the Near East, Egypt, and Greece. Within a short period he established international business connections through agents and colleagues in Cairo, Alexandria, Paris, Alès, and London.
J.P. Sébah (1838-1890) was a Turkish photographer active starting in 1860. The Sébah & Joallier firm operated out of Constantinople and had a shop in Cairo at the same time.
One of the best and most successful commercial photographers of the Near East in the nineteenth century, J. Pascal Sébah, a Levantine, opened a photographic studio in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1857. The name of the establishment was El Chark, “The Orient.” Sébah took photographs all around the Eastern Mediterranean, from Athens, Constantinople, and the Aegean coast of Turkey, to Egypt and Libya.
Sébah opened a second studio in Cairo in 1873. During 1884-85 the French photographer Policarpe Joaillier, who had been working in Constantinople, became his partner. In 1888 the name of the studio was changed to Sébah and Joaillier. Joaillier returned to France at the beginning of the 20th century, and in 1908 Sébah sold the studio. The establishment was run under the same name by different owners until the 1950′s, when it finally closed.
LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.
Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.
Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.
This poster has always been hanging over my computer.
Photo from a shoot with Miami photographer Bunny Yeager. Later in life, Page was furious that Yeager made a fortune from the photos and never compensated her.