From The Miami Herald:

Photographer Bunny Yeager poses next to a self portrait photograph taken in 1952 at the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Photographer Bunny Yeager poses next to a self portrait photograph taken in 1952 at the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Photographer Bunny Yeager epitomized the era of the pinup beauty.

She did so not only in front of the camera where, as a statuesque 5-foot, 10-inch vision she became one of the most sought-after models in Miami. But, more significantly, behind the lens where she persuaded more women to drop their tops for a photo than almost anyone not named Hugh Hefner.

As a result, Yeager became one of the country’s most famous and influential photographers. Celebrated photographers like the late Diane Arbus, who called her “the world’s greatest pinup photographer,” and Berenice Abbott championed Yeager’s work.

“She was a pioneer in terms of being an artist,” said Dennis Scholl, a Miami-based documentary filmmaker and vice president for the arts for The Knight Foundation. “Photography was not … deemed high art until the 1950s when Bunny started shooting. She paved the way for Laurie Simmons and the great contemporary artists of our time like Cindy Sherman — the most important female photographer alive. Today, women contemporary photographers are not unusual. Photography is gender irrelevant, but Bunny really was the first.”    Read More…

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