Guests joined for the opening of the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, with a cocktail reception and Lingerini (which specializes in lingerie and bikini hybrids) fashion presentation. Following the fete, Yeager launched the Center for Visual Communication (CVC) Miami Masters studio program, a new initiative that provides workshop and exhibition facilities to South Florida artists.
Bunny Yeager is the legendary model, photographer, writer and swimsuit designer whose pictures of Bettie Page catapulted both Page and Yeager to fame in 1954. The publication of Yeager’s centerfold photo of Bettie Page in Playboy launched Yeager’s photographic career and began a lifelong friendship with Hugh Hefner, the magazine’s publisher. Yeager’s new studio is a permanent venue for the artist to continue her work as a portrait photographer, complete new projects and present an ongoing exhibition of her most famous images of women at their most natural and seductive.
Yeager defined a new genre of portraiture with her sensual images of the girl next door and with her self portraits. Beginning with her early photographs for men’s magazines in the 1950’s she produced compelling images both in the studio and on location. Her groundbreaking work inspired and influenced a new generation of photographers from Cindy Sherman to those who shoot swimsuit models outdoors for Sports Illustrated.
Based in Miami since the 1950’s, Yeager developed special techniques for camera, location and lighting that mark each of her images as indelibly hers. Yeager is a master at envisioning and bringing out the unique qualities of the female form in each of her models. The tricks and secrets of her direct and beguiling images are published in over 30 books she has written over the last 50 years. Her newest book Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom by Petra Mason, Rizzoli, 2012, features over 250 classic images, many in full page format.
Yeager’s new studio will feature an exhibition area presenting her most iconic images of Bettie Page and the other models she discovered and brought to the attention of an entire generation of men who still find them captivating.