A treasure trove of never-before-seen playfully erotic photos of legendary pinup girl and style icon Bettie Page, from cult pinup photographer Bunny Yeager. Bunny Yeager has long been credited for capturing Bettie Page’s true nature—her flirtatious and playfully erotic side—in classic pinup images that continue to influence photography and fashion today. This collection, culled from Yeager’s extensive archive, features her most iconic shots of the legendary Bettie as well as never-before-seen images, including many nudes, which by all reports is how Bettie was most comfortable. Yeager was a young pinup photographer in 1955 when she hit the jackpot with her shot of Bettie scantily clad in a Santa hat, which sold instantly to the fledgling Playboy magazine. It was the beginning of a long collaboration between the two women, and Yeager’s photographs of Bettie have now been featured on more magazine covers than those of her contemporary, Marilyn Monroe. This glamorous book gathers more than two hundred lens-fogging photographs of Bettie embodying the naughty girl-next-door eroticism of pin-up culture, with such playful chapters as: “Jungle Land,” “Nutty Cheesecake,” “Sweet and Savage,” and “She Devil.” A fun and sexy volume, this is the most comprehensive book on Bettie Page to date.
Petra Mason is a cultural historian and creative director who regularly contributes to various publications and partners with Books & Books Press. She is the author of several books, including Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom. Her photographic installations include: The Glass House Icon Project in New York. Bunny Yeager is a pinup photographer celebrated for her playfully erotic photos and credited with making Bettie Page a household name.