The Queen of Pin-up photography opens her first exhibition in Bulgaria
Legendary Bunny Yeager is the artist who made the iconic photo of Ursula Andres as Bond girl in the first James Bond Movie
A true treasure for the admirers of retro aesthetics is about to be shown in Sofia this month. The exhibition "Bunny’s Pin-up girls" with photographs by the legendary Bunny Yaeger will open on October 14th at the Vivacom Art Hall. Thanks to the organizers Sofia Vault and Vivacom's space dedicated to arts and culture, 50 of the iconic photographs by the Queen of pin-up will be shown in Sofia until October 25th. This is a rare chance to see and enjoy the golden age of this visual style.
Bunny Yeager started her career in the 1950's as a model and her first attempts as photographer had a rather mundane reason - they allowed her to easily print and distribute her own modeling portfolio. It wasn't long before she found out that her previous experience as a pin-up girl came very useful in the then male-dominated craft. Beauty, lightness and spontaneity became the trademark in the pictures of Bunny's girls. She is the first woman who shot for Playboy and has created some of the magazine's most emblematic covers.
"Almost all of the girls I asked easily agreed to pose for me, because they knew I wasn't going to flirt with them like the men photographers did", recalls Bunny.
In the mid-1950's she had so many orders for pin-up shoots, she could hardly manage to make all of them. This is the time of Betty Page - one of Bunny's greatest discoveries, who quickly rose to fame and became one of America's symbols of the time.
Bunny Yeager made the iconic pictures of Ursula Andres - the first James Bond girl, coming out of the sea in shiny white bikini in the famous scene from "Doctor No". A funny fact about Bunny is she often made the two-piece bathing suits she used in her photo shoots. Some of the other famous Bunny girls are Maria Stinger, Lisa Winters, Joyce Nisari, etc.
Often daring and brave, the photos of Bunny Yeager reflect the urge for freedom felt by women of these years. The author herself is one of the open supporters of wearing two-piece bathing suits on the beach and is believed to be one of the biggest influencers in the popularization of bikini.
Guests for the first exhibition of Bunny in Bulgaria are her agent Ed Christine and Berlin-based Galerist Helmut Schuster, who organized the first European exhibition of the American photography legend. The Schuster gallery is a partner of the event in Sofia. Immediately before the opening, the two special guests will meet Bulgarian students and professionals to share their experience in a talk and lecture about the best practices in art and art related business.
"Bunny's Pin-up Girls" will be in Sofia between 14 and 25 October at Vivacom Art Hall.