Archive of 13 original oversize Russ Meyer photographs, twelve in color, five signed, from the director's personal collection

N.p. Russ Meyer, Circa 2001. Archive of 13 oversize photographs by Russ Meyer, twelve in color, five signed by Meyer on the verso, struck circa 2001, from Meyer's personal collection. All of the photographs are from an edition of 20 and are numbered on the verso, with all twelve of the color photographs numbered "1/20," and the black and white photograph numbered 2/20."

Five photographs shown, please inquire to see the others.

Meyer is best known as the filmmaker of classic sexploitation films of the 1960s and 1970s, but was also an active glamour and still photographer throughout his career, having even worked for Playboy magazine during it's early years, shooting three of it's early centerfolds, one of which starred his then wife, Eve Meyer, in 1955.

The earliest photographs in the collection, reminiscent of popular "nudist" photography of the period, are "Model Playing Ping Pong," shot circa 1962, and "Blonde in the Grass," shot circa 1964, the later of which features Lorna Maitland, who starred in three of Meyer's films. The black and white photograph features the actress Haji, in a pose only Quentin Tarantino could replicate, who starred in four of Meyer's films, including the 1965 sexploitation classic, "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (declared by John Waters to be the "best movie ever made"), which this photograph was likely shot on location during. "Model with Garters," shot circa 1975, is likely actress Shari Eubank, who starred in Meyers 1975 film "Supervixens." Three of the photographs, circa late 1990's, are of Pandora Peaks from Meyer's final film, the 2001 mockumentary, "Pandora Peaks," which features no dialogue, only Peaks in various states of undress, with voiceover from Meyers and Peaks. The remaining six photographs, all shot circa late 1990s, feature four with a full model visible, also likely Peaks.

11 x 14 inches. Fine. Two matted with 8 ply archival mats, with mats measuring 16 x 20 inches. Four with remnants of archival tape in the top margins. All mountings as originally preserved by Meyer.


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