Bunny Yeager in Mexico
Recently, InsideHook featured an article on Bunny Yeager and her spectacular, often overlooked photo shoot in Mexico during the late 1960s.
This topic has become the subject of a new book, Women of the Sun: Bunny Yeager in Mexico which is being released by Cult Epics on June 9, 2020.
An excerpt from the article reads:
Yeager was granted admission to shoot at Chichén Itzá and its nearby temples early in the morning, before tourists arrived. It was then unheard of to shoot nudes there, if permitted at all. “They were surrounded by soldiers,” Yeager’s daughter, Lisa Irwin Gilbert, writes in Women of the Sun. “And they had to be very careful too, trying to sneak in and get these pictures of the model making different poses around the pyramid. If one of the soldiers had seen them, he would have taken the film out of the camera and destroyed it, and everything would have been lost. But they were lucky nothing happened like that.”
Instead, Yeager ended up with 1967’s 100-page paperback Bunny Yeager’s Camera in Mexico, a black-and-white photographic tour guide that featured architectural photography, street photography and some occasional nudes. But like any photographer, she shot much more than appeared in that text, and many of these rarely before seen images — in both black and white and color — grace the pages of Women of the Sun, along with some of Yeager’s text from that book. There are images of Christine Starr at the great ruins, of course, but also pinups of women local to Mexico and behind-the-scenes shots of Yeager herself. She was, after all, no stranger to the other side of the camera.