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Cindy Sherman of Smut Pamela Green Rita Landre Princess Sonmar and Harrison Marks Vintage Sleaze





Rita Landre, shown here in several guises, was so far ahead of her time it is almost tragic.  A role-playing artist working in a smoky smut-filled milieu.   No one ever paid Rita any Cindy Sherman prices for her photos...in fact all she got was the going rate.  I am afraid she also worked for free.

Rita Landre was really Pamela Green, and she posed under both names.  Most remarkable, however, was that Rita was also Princess Sonmar, shown here in pancake negro hue (reportedly boot polish, baby oil and Max Factor) on the cover of Kamera Magazine in 1957. 

Rita was also known as the Queen of Curves, at least to the Brits.  Among the photographers she posed for was Weegee, who it seems would go anywhere there was a babe undressing...and the astounding Harrison Marks, a master in the darkroom increasingly being recognized for his quirky talents.  But it was Pamela who was the genius at developing marketing strategies.  Were it not for his raging alcoholism, Marks might be better known now...but it was Pamela who came up with the idea of selling photographs of her body.  In fact, she told him how to take the pictures.  She lived with the photographer for 8 years.

In addition to the remarkable still work only touched on here, Pamela performed on stage and appeared in the films "Peeping Tom" in 1960 and "Naked As Nature Intended" the following year.  She passed away in 2010. 

Why anyone would write yet ANOTHER article about Cindy Sherman when Princess Sonmar's story is readily available is beyond me.  A slap at art critics, not Ms. Sherman.

READ AND SEE MORE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY  HERE  on the simply extraordinary official website of Pamela Green Never Knowingly Overdressed which tells her story far better than I. 

Yet another film waiting to happen Hollywood...is there anyone awake over there in La La Land?  Put down those expensive 3-D cameras and write a real script, you boobs.  There has been a docu, but no docu-drama.  Get with it.

My prized copy of Rita/Pamela Photos here is IN Green, but doesn't credit the model under her real name.  It was published in the late 1950s by Leonard Burtman under yet ANOTHER of his ruses...a publishing house which didn't exist.  Thanks for crossing the pond Lenny!

Rita Landre in Bosomy Bounties Number 18, circa 1958 (No Date) Phoebe Publishers (Burmel, Leonard Burtman)  Collection Victor Minx

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