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Unsung Hero of Photography Number FIVE Danny Rouzer Vintage Sleaze Non-Essential Garments

The first (and last?) issue of Glamour Photographer Danny Rouzer's Figure Photography, 1958.  It was published by Walter D. Rouzer, which was Danny.  His real name.  If you are thinking of going into the nude photography business, here are a few of Danny's tips, taken verbatim from this slim volume:

"…extreme care should be taken so as not to overdress the model with meaningless and non-essential garments…"

"for some reason or another…very few models seem to have photogenic backs."

"By printing the finished photograph upside down, a feeling of graceful suspension in mid-air is  created"

All good advice!

Danny Rozer studied under controversial photographer William Mortensen, who was in vogue, then out, then in again.   Mortensen survived savage career attacks by, among others, bearded Spanish flu survivor Ansel Adams, who called him "the devil" and worse.

Mortensen was also criticized for his "mildly erotic hand-colored prints...", "...bowdlerized versions of garage calendar pin-ups and sadomasochist entertainments..." by critic Larry Lite.

No WONDER Danny loved him!

Danny's most famous portrait is probably the fishnet stocking model in Frolic October 1954 (an issue which also included glamorous glamour photographs of Tempest Storm, stripper, Lili St. Cyr, stripper and Bettie Page, icon.  However, unlike the titles given other layouts in the issue (Robbin' the Cradle, Bandana Anna, Lots of Ginger,  Shore Pretty and A Living "Dahl") his was simply titled "Masterpiece" and compared to "Minneapo-lass" I guess it was.  

He was official photographer of the Miss Universe contest for a year, sold work to Playboy and others to Fawcett Publications.  His photographs were always artistic stand-outs (truly) and were always naked women.

He later became an advocate of Pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager, also profiled in the series HERE.

In 1963, Danny was cinematographer the television series "Hollywood and the Stars" but for only one segment, I believe.  For a while there was a "Danny Rouzer Studio and School of Photography" but I am not sure if it is still in business.

Danny, to my knowledge, never sold work to the sleazy, cheap and frequently illegal digests I reveal in Proto - Porn: The Art Figure Scam of the 1950s.

The best (and only?) biography I find online is HERE on the Glamour Photographers of the 1950s and 60s site.

UNSUNG HEROES OF PHOTOGRAPHY is a series on Vintage Sleaze the Blog.  Previous profiles include Russ Meyer  Wil Blanche  Benno Friedman   and Bunny Yeager