READS: Bombshell: The Pin-Up Art of John Gladman

Bombshell_coverThank goodness the art of the glamour pin-up book isn’t lost forever, particularly given today’s endless supply of overly raunchy and more easily accessible content the internet has to offer. The fine folks over at Schiffer Books have been putting out a nice selection of pin-up titles for some time, but this is one of the best they’ve published to date.

Award-winning photographer/artist John Gladman is one of those thankfully still carrying the artfully positioned cutie torch and in Bombshell: The Pin-Up Art of John Gladman (Schiffer Books, $34.99 – BUY IT!), there’s a whole lot to appreciate.


Photos: John Gladman

Gladman gets ladies of all sizes and shapes posing in classic Hollywood glamour shots, fun fantasy-themed images and even vintage poster and calendar girl-style pieces, all with a painterly finish via computer that adds an extra level of polish. His work recalls elements of Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, George Petty and other classic pin-up greats from the past with the modern touch of getting a few Instagram-famous gals to pose in sassy vintage-style shots. The word “sexy” is so overused today to the point of eyeball-rolling inanity, but here it fits like a lace glove.


Photo: John Gladman

The 144-page hardcover packs in 152 images total and while there are some partially nude images here, they’re of the tasteful and well-placed object covering variety (but still a wee bit NSFW). Still, is great to see such a wide variety of body types represented here that don’t fit the media-fed images of “perfection” or wrap themselves around trying to appeal to those who want to guilt trip every gal or guy who likes the female form into thinking they’re somehow “bad” for perusing such stuff. These lovely ladies look as if they had a blast during their photo sessions and the book makes for a nice coffee table tome that will bring a few smiles to fans of the art of the tease.

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