Early British glamour magazine. Issues 1,2,3,5,6,7 and 8. Scarce. All either fine or very near fine - they will not be found in better condition.
Kamera Publications Ltd. was formed in the early 1950s by George Harrison Marks and his wife Pamela Green with the idea of producing a new type of magazine featuring photographs of beautiful women. And so 'Kamera', 'Solo' and the like were born. The women who appeared in these classic little magazines were all handpicked by George and Pamela and photographed by the master himself. It soon became apparent that this was to change the face of glamour photography. He and Pamela had an amazing capacity for choosing just the right type of women to adorn the pages of their publications and many of these models became legendary in their own right. Pamela Green (yes, she was a model as well!), June Palmer, Paula Page, Lorraine Burnett, Vicky Kennedy, Marie Devereux and Rosa Dolmai to name but a few all became hugely popular.
Glamour photography was only one of a number of professions that Harrison Marks dabbled in. He was fascinated by the stage and cinema and hoped to turn his talents in this direction. From a young age he was tutored and inspired by some great people through employment with film studios and theatrical agents, eventually opening his own small studio where actors and would-be models would go to have promotional shots and portfolios done. This, with the help and encouragement from his wife, Pamela, led to the idea of a magazine, the likes of which had never hit the magazine stands of Britain before.
With hardly any capital and the promise of backing from a printer by the name of Jim Martin, the husband and wife team published their very first magazine, Kamera, in the early 1950s. Within two days the print run of 15,000 copies sold out, and within the next five weeks no fewer than 150,000 copies had been sold.
Other series of photo magazines were to follow, including Femme, Solo and U.S. Glamour plus a number of Kamera specials including Kamera Backstage, Kamera Glamour Guide, The Fabulous June Palmer and Macabre. They also produced a number of hardbacks including Vera, featuring the beautiful Vera Day, and Kamera On Location, both of which are very scarce now.
Harrison Marks also proved to be a very talented film director and put together the film version of 'Naked - As Nature Intended', which was a huge success and ran and ran for ages in the West End of London.
Other films were to follow including the Mary Millington smash hit Come Play With Me, which he directed.
Today the work of George Harrison Marks, Pamela Green and photographers such as Roye, Arthur Howell and Russell Gay are becoming more and more sought after.