Remembering Bunny Yeager: Photos From the Life of a Pin-Up Legend
South Florida lost an arts icon last weekend when legendary photographer Bunny Yeager passed away at the age of 85. Yeager began her career as a pin-up model in the 1940s, and evolved into a photographer in her own right, photographing icons like Bettie Page and Maria Stanger.
Courtesy Bunny Yeager Studio, Miami FL, BunnyYeagerStudio.com
Yeager's life has ended, but her work lives on. We've compiled some of Yeager's most iconic shots, along with recent, candid photos of Yeager, in tribute.
Warning: Some photos NSFW.
Yeager didn't slow down as she neared the end of her life; if anything, she was more inspired than ever. In 2013, she opened her own photography studio in Wynwood, a place to preserve her classic photos and keep the art of pin-up alive with new work. There, it was easy to get a sense of the photographer as she was back in the day: serious about her craft, but still having a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
Courtesy Bunny Yeager Studio, Miami FL, BunnyYeagerStudio.com Self Portrait With Black Negligee, 1960
The photos available at the studio also chronicle Yeager's work with Bettie Page, who often served as the photographer's muse. These early shoots introduced the public to Yeager's fondness for cheetahs and other big cats (even those that were stuffed).
Courtesy Bunny Yeager Studio, Miami FL, BunnyYeagerStudio.com Self Portrait With Mirror, 1960. Courtesy Bunny Yeager Studio, Miami FL, BunnyYeagerStudio.com Bettie Page With Stuffed Tiger, 1954 Bettie Page With Cheetah, 1954 Courtesy Bunny Yeager Studio, Miami FL, BunnyYeagerStudio.com Bettie Lying With Cheetahs, 1954