MEYER MONTH – Russ Meyer’s Photographs and Pictorials

26 Mar

I recieved a few emails and messages regarding the short post I did on director Russ Meyer’s early career as a glamour photographer and decided to put up this short post showcasing a few of his photographs. I have only attached pictures on here that I have actually been able to verify that Meyer took. If you search online the internet chucks a whole lot of beautiful images at you but a lot of them are wrongly credited to Meyer. These are just a few and I suggest anyone interested in sourcing any other images look for/physically buy any old mens/girlie magazines that he either contributed to or shot the front cover for, pick up his autobiography A Clean Breast which has a stack of gorgeous stills he took over the years or pick up The Glamour Camera of Russ Meyer which is all about his photography. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these beauties. They just don’t make them like this anymore…

Marguerite Empey pictorial, Playboy, February 1956

June Wilkinson photographed by Russ Meyer, Caper magazine, May 1959

Eve in Red Lingerie by Russ Meyer, 1959

Edy Williams pictorial shot by Meyer, Playboy, March 1973

Gold Lamp and Lorna, Russ Meyer, 1964

Sabrina (Norma Sykes) pictorial photographed by Russ, Cabaret magazine, August 1957

Eve Meyer as photographed by Russ, Frolic magazine, June 1954

Eve Meyer photographed for Playboy, June 1955

Yvette Vickers pictorial, Playboy, June 1959

Eve Meyer photographed by Russ, c. 1950s

June Wilkinson photographed by Russ, Adam magazine, 1950s

Eve Meyer pictorial, Playboy, June 1955

Lorna Maitland photographed by Meyer, Fling magazine, May 1965

Diane Webber pictorial, shot by Russ Meyer for Globe Photos Inc., 1956 

7 Responses to “MEYER MONTH – Russ Meyer’s Photographs and Pictorials”

  1. David K. Frasier March 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Everyone has their favorite, but was there ever a sexier woman than Eve Meyer? You just feel the energy between photographer and subject in their work.

    • lydiarghgrace April 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful creatures to have ever graced the planet. But that’s just my opinion… 😉

      • Greg Dziawer February 2, 2014 at 4:10 am #

        indeed, eve is the best, although i understand where richard corliss is coming from in his Time piece where he refers to her as a “lamp-post- girl”. (is that such a bad thing?) truthfully, i find eve to be incredibly chameleon-like, looking very different from shoot to shoot, yet always a bit inscrutable and always riveting (needless to say, hot as hell).

        a big thanks to lydia for the amazing depth of work on russ. it’s only recently that i’ve gone deep into russ’ 50’s pinup work, and this blog is essential.

        and a huge thanks to david, as well. i just finally caught up with Life and Films in the last week and there are enough breadcrumbs to keep me busy for the rest of this lifetime and the next.

        perhaps somefineday we’ll index most or even all of russ’ photographic work! (a men’s magazine cover index would be a superb subset.)

        though there is a great deal to nail down (and false attributions across the net only muddy the waters), a couple of questions:

        was eve shot exclusively by russ?

        did russ really shoot Afro Mood Burlesque in ’47?

        you can find the latter in the internet archive, along with one of the industrial shorts from ’47 that russ definitely did work on as cinematographer: This is My Railroad.

        and finally: keeping my fingers crossed that French Peepshow aka French Postcards tunrs up!

      • lydiarghgrace March 31, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

        Hi Greg, thank you so much for your lovely comment! Nice to see someone else shares my sentiment on Eve 😉

        In response to your questions, I’m not entirely sure that Eve was shot exclusively by Russ. Whilst nothing comes to mind immeadiately that says either way, I can’t imagine that Eve was never photographed by anyone else. I’ll try and look into this and see what I can find, although I might up come up with an answer straight away.

        As far as I’m aware, Russ did not shoot or contribute to Afro Mood Burlesque. I have seen it, and whilst it could be an early prototype for what would become Mondo Topless I’m inclined to say it doesn’t really look or feel like a Meyer film. I did ask Meyer biographer Jimmy McDonagh and he also said that Meyer had nothing to do with it. I am hoping to do another MEYER MONTH this summer and I was looking at doing a small piece on this (and a pictorial of Meyer’s mens magazines front covers) so stayed tuned and I’ll try and dig up as much dirt on it as I can. If you happen to find any info, please let me know!

  2. Greg Dziawer July 2, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    can’t believe i dropped that comment well over a year ago and only am now seeing your reply…especially considering i come here often to the meyer posts. thank-you for ruling out afro mood burlesque. it seemed pretty perfunctory to me, and russ – even in the earliest photos i have seen – was never that. it does seem likely – given eve’s stature in her industry – that others would have shot her (beyond the couple of films she made with others beside russ). but i have yet to come across a single photo of eve that doesn’t look like a product of their artist/model chemistry. then again, her presence is so present that doubtless she could never shoot a “bad” pic.

    the world of covers – and trying to determine what russ shot – continues to be a rabbithole of immense proportion. a Clean Breast certainly helps, but it increasingly seems unlikely to me that we’ll ever have anything close to a definitive accounting of russ’ photographic work. that time, and with it most of those who lived it, has sadly passed.

  3. mark February 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm #


    Just loved your blog on Russ Meyer’s Models. Have you reached out to any of the models and actresses that are still around? I know Edy Williams is still alive.



    • lydiarghgrace March 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      I have been in touch with some over the years. It’s been a matter of life getting in the way on both ends. I will try and follow this idea up again soon though.


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