February 23, 2013 - May 11, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, February 23, 2013 5-8pm
On February 23, 2013 PDNB Gallery will open an exhibition by legendary pin-up photographer, Bunny Yeager (b. 1929 Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania). This will be her first solo show at PDNB Gallery, and first solo show in a major photography gallery in the United States.
In 1953, US Camera Magazine named Bunny Yeager "The World's Prettiest Photographer" and rightfully so. She was a 5'9" bombshell and former model who loved exotic animals and tiny bikinis. At the age of 17, Yeager moved from Pennsylvania to Miami to live out her fantasy. "I loved glamorous actresses like Dorothy Lamour, or anyone in a sarong or hula skirt. I was in love with the tropics, and found it here in Miami." said Yeager in an interview with Huffington Post Miami in 2012.
In the 1950's, Bunny Yeager changed roles from model to photographer. The sexy and fun style she developed along with her own bikini and lingerie designs helped create her popularity as a significant "cheesecake" photographer. Her photographs were not stale studio shots. She preferred to go outside the studio to photograph in nature or on the beach, something her male counterparts were not doing at the time.
Over 30 books have been published on her photography including, "How I photograph Myself", published in 1964 by A.S. Barnes & Co. This particular book featured hundreds of self-portraits in which Yeager assumes many different looks, styles and moods. Her unique self-portrait techniques certainly foreshadow the work of contemporary artist, Cindy Sherman, who actually read this book.
The exhibition will include vintage contact sheets that reveal her model's many poses before the editing process. This exhibition will run in conjunction with the 90th birthday of Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008).
PDNB Gallery will be offering signed copies of her most recent book, Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: PinUp Photography's Golden Era, published by Rizzoli in September 2012.
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