Here’s a couple of early pictures of Pamela Green taken by George Harrison Marks in the mid 1950s before they started publishing Kamera in 1957.
I’ve recently discovered that Jean Straker, along with the photographers Walter Bird and Jack Eston, took part in a discussion on Pin-ups and Figure Studies broadcast by the BBC on Network Three on May 22, 1958. On the show Jean defines a pin-up as “a picture of a girl in which the girl represents herself. It may be provocative; it need not be provocative; but it is essentially a picture of a person that we either know personally, or by name”. A figure study as “a photograph of a girl who simply symbolises woman; she is impersonal. It is not a photograph representing her as herself.” And a nude as “a picture in which the girl symbolises an idea or represents some historical or mythological figure: that is, she represents somebody other than herself.” I wonder how Jean Straker would classify the following pictures of his.
Jean Straker and The Visual Arts Club
At long last the cinematic tale of Harrison Marks’ nudist feature Naked as Nature Intended, the iconic film that brought us Pamela Green in her birthday suit. Behind the scenes exclusives and never before seen pictures. The text is taken from Pamela’s unpublished biography. This hardback book is available to order online from such places as Wordery and Amazon. Spread the word — share it on Facebook, write a review — it all helps. Sample pages below.
A couple of Italian posters for Michael Powell’s classic British film Peeping Tom (1960), in which Pamela Green starred as Milly. Nice to see her name on a poster for once.
Here’s a picture of a very dapper looking George. I presume at the Gerrard Street Studios in the early ’50s. On the wall centre right is a picture of Norman Wisdom. The other two portraits I recognise but can’t put a name to them.
This is a little bit different! Here’s a classic shot of Pamela Green from The Window Dresser given the Ramon Maiden treatment. Ramon Maiden is an artist from Barcelona inspired by religious and tattoo imagery. Reminds me of Delftware. Lots of great stuff on Ramon’s website. Well worth a peruse. I do like it when contemporary artists find inspiration in the works of Pamela Green and George Harrison Marks. Any artists out their who would like to showcase their work should drop me a line.
Pamela by Lorenzo Di Mauro
Back in 1964 a Harrison Marks photograph of Dawn Grayson, real name Kay Kirkham, wearing only sunglasses and a smile was used for a British Safety Council poster. The caption read “But I always wear my eye protection”. Naturally it caused a bit of a stir. Dawn Grayson, Harrison Marks, the Rev. Gordon Gordon Guinness, the 62 year-old vicar of St. John’s Boscombe, Bournemouth, and a chap from the Safety Council came face to face at the British Safety Council’s headquarters in London, on Monday 19 October, 1964 to discuss the matter.
According to the Daily Express at the time the dialogue went like this
Vicar: It’s salacious propaganda.
Dawn Grayson: If anyone finds anything dirty or sexy in that picture it’s in their minds — not the photo.
Vicar: I feel that a woman’s body is very sacred. It is sensible for her to expose it in certain circumstances, such as to doctors in hospital, not in a striptease club in soho. I feel that a poster like this in a factory will be associated in the minds of the people there with striptease and Soho. I think it will make it far harder for youngsters to keep steady. It is stimulating their desire. It’s making an altogether wrong use of sex appeal.
Dawn Grayson: All I can say if you want to ban nudity you had better put a screen round half the statues in London. I do not see anything sexy about the picture at all. I feel very strongly about this question because my husband, who works in a factory, has had to go to hospital several times to have pieces of steel removed from his eyes because he did not wear safety spectacles.”
Harrison Marks: “Wherever you look in the Vatican there are beautiful nudes. Why is a nude so wonderful in an art galley or a church but something obscene the moment it is taken outside?”
Vicar: Don’t ask me about the Vatican. I’m an ordinary Anglican Vicar.”
Council Controller: There are 1000 eye accidents a week. I see nothing wrong with this poster at all.
Vicar: I think the poster is doing more harm to the morals of the country than good in preventing accidents. It is part of an atmosphere that is in the country. A steady salacious propaganda. I am married and have five children and I am coming across illegitimate children, pregnant unmarried woman and this continuous sex stimulation all the time.
Council Controller: I think it will be one of the greatest safety posters perhaps of all time. We have had 50,000 already and reordered. We are thinking of increasing the size and producing it in colour.
Vicar: The young lady is charming – I think her husband is a very lucky man.
Dawn Grayson: I think the vicar is sweet. Obviously he feels he is doing his job.
A big thank you to the talented Marc of Old Iz New Again for digitally colouring this black and white photo of Pamela Green. His website is definitely worth a peruse. Lots of great images from Ziegfeld girls to Betty Page.
In April 1957, when the first issue of Kamera was ready for the printers, Pamela Green and Harrison Marks decided to go to the Isles of Scilly again — this time taking Marie Deveraux and Lorraine Burnett to work with them. The object of which was not only to take a selection of nudes for their new magazine, but also for a hardcover book entitled Kamera on Location featuring outdoor nudes only. It was their most successful book by far which is reflected in the high price a copy demands today.
In the forward of the book George Harrison Marks talks about going to the Hebrides. According to Pamela’s biography they went to the Isles of Scilly, which actually makes more sense. For all you trivia buffs, the long black wig Pamela occasionally wears in the book was originally made for the French prima ballerina Ludmilla Tchérina, who wore it for her role as Giulietta in the Powell and Pressburger film The Tales of Hoffman.
George Harrison Marks and Pamela Green sometimes dabbled with 3-d photography. The results of which can be seen in Intimate Studies of Beauty No.6. This pocket publication was published by A. Hallé Ltd of London and forms part of a series of at least seven books. Apparently no expense was spared to “combine first class photography, faultless printing and classic posing — all in harmony to capture every aspect of beauty in the female form” and all in 3-D for only 2’6, including spectacles. A bargain for sure!