Perhaps in our wild sexual imaginations of the 20th century there existed no greater icon than Bettie Page. Her window of influence and body of work was indeed very short. The extraordinary gusto and playful naughtiness that she exhibited in her photos got the best of her and resulted in a complete 180 drop-off-the-face-of-the-earth disappearing act. Still, in her less than a decade career she started a genre and aesthete that more or less took the lid off of what everyone was already thinking.
The sexual revolution of the 1960’s could not have existed if it weren’t for Bettie’s over the top brilliance from her 1950’s photo sessions that made her famous. They are more than just camp, they are documents of a repressed time that helped to slowly ease us into a more liberated state of mind.