Betty Smith Wise
Miami /Florida / Model Betty Smith Wise / 1950s / USA
Print from celluloid negative 6 x 6 cm 2.3″ x 2.3”
Printed on Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305 g / m²
Photographer : Bunny Yeager
- The Story
Bunny Yeager (born Linnea Eleanor Yeager; March 13, 1930 -May 25, 2014 ) is an American photographer and former pin-up model.
Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. Yeager became one of the most photographed models in Miami. After retiring from modeling, she began her career behind the camera
Yeager was a very prolific and successful pinup photographer in the 1950s and 1960s, so much so, that her work was described as ubiquitous in that era. She continued to work extensively with Playboy shooting centerfolds in addition to covers and pictorial spreads.. An exhibition titled “Beach Babes Bash” in the early 1990s at the Center for Visual Communication (at that time located in Coral Gables, Florida) featured photographs by Yeager of models from Miami on the beach from the 1950s .Another exhibit at the same gallery featuring Yeager’s work was titled “Sex Sirens of the Sixties.” In 1992 Playboy published a retrospective of her work titled “The Bettie Boom”. Since 2002, Yeager’s work has been exhibited in Contemporary Art Galleries.
In 2005, Cult Epics released the DVD 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager, a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage on Yeager’s photo sessions with Page and other pin-up models.
In early 2010, The Andy Warhol Museum held the first major museum exhibition of Yeager’s work. The exhibit, “The Legendary Queen of the Pin Up”, featured her self-portraits, some from her book How I Photograph Myself published by A.S. Barnes & Co. in 1964. “The Fabulous Bunny Yeager” an exhibit in 2011 at the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami also featuring self-portraits by Yeager was of photographs that had not been exhibited previously.
Also in 2011 Helmut Schuster curated an exhibition for Art Basel at the Dezer Schauhalle in Miami titled “Bunny Yeager: Retrospective to the Future” featuring over 200 of Yeager’s photos.