Book review: Retro Glamour by Mark Anthony Lacy


Schiffer Publishing Ltd. is a family-owned publisher of nonfiction books. Based in Atglen, Pennsylvania.

Schiffer's release is a hardcover book. The book is 160 pages and features 274 color and B/W images. The dimensions of the book are 9.3 x 0.7 x 12.1 inches.

After an introduction, the book is divided into four sections: Bodacious Blondes, Brazen Brunettes, Ravishing Redheads, and Exciting Erotiques. An index listing the credits for the models is featured at the end of the book. 



In the introduction, Mark Anthony Lacy talks about how he got started with pinup photography. He met a a curvaceous and cute girl on a subway in New York in the 90's and knew he had to photograph her. She happened to be a Bettie Page fanatic. His new muse gave him an education on her idol and the photographic work of Irving Klaw and Bunny Yeager. Lacy delved deeper into the genre of retro glamour and snatched up books and vintage magazines. He also began to collect vintage lingerie and shoes since most of his models would not have their own retro wardrobe. His approach to doing pinup/retro glamour photopgraphy is to imagine himself as a photographer in the mid 1900's and to work with the props and wardrobe that he would have had back then.



The models in the book wear vintage stockings, girdles, bullet bras, corsets, panties, gloves, and high heels. Props such as jewelry (pearls are seen often) and cigarette holders with cigarettes appear in different photos. The make-up and hair work definitely has a retro stylized look. In the sets, we see retro furniture, carpets, lamps, framed pictures, and other items. A lot of work and detail when into these compositions. The subjects are well lit with good use of shadow in the background. Some photos have a noirish feel to them. The poses and facial expressions of the models are primarily very seductive and sultry.



My favorite photos are on pages 35 (Alexandra Vino), 46  (Carla Pereira), 102-103 (Jessamyne Rose), and 151 (Kysn). This is one of the best photo books I've seen and I recommend this book to fans of retro pinup/fetish glamour photograpy. 

~ Danny Stygion


Publisher: Schiffer Publishing.

Purchase a copy here.

ISBN-13: 978-0764352485.

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