HARRISON MARKS PUBLICATIONS
THE BEST OF KAMERA
KAMERA WINTER SPECIAL
KAMERA ON LOCATION
SHE WALKS IN
hardback book of Harrison Mark's photography was Pamela.
Published by Luxor Press in 1955, before the advent of Kamera, it contained over fifty
black and white studies of Pamela Green plus the colour portrait shown opposite. Most of
the studies show Pamela with her natural, dark, hair colour, although a few include the
wig that was later to be featured in the Rita Landre shots. The book
includes photographs from George and Pamela's first location shoot in the Scilly Isles. The more
familiar blonde locks that came to be associated with Pamela were not in evidence in these
first issue of Kamera went to the printers in April, 1957 another location shoot in the
Scilly Isles was undertaken. Much of the shoot was done on colour transparencies with
other publications in mind. This time George and Pamela took along two of their models,
Marie Deveraux and Lorraine Burnett. According to his promotional material Harrison Marks
headed for a group of islands just off the coast of Scotland'.
The income generated by Kamera
following its launch in June 1957 changed the lives of George and Pamela. The success of
the pocketbook encouraged them to produce many other publications including Kamera
specials, the famous Kamera Calendar, several other monthlies and a number of
of the photographs taken on the second Scilly Isles shoot appeared in a black and white
advert inside the cover of Kamera No.3, which promoted a new 96 page hardback book called
containing 120 superb figure studies, which, it tells us, where
photographed in the rugged loveliness of a group of uninhabited islands
Harrison Marks was always a bit of a poet. The colour transparencies were duplicated onto
35mm slides and offered for sale as 12 different sets in the new 'Pamar Color Slides'
series by Pamar Productions Ltd., another newly formed Harrison Marks
and Pamela Green owned company.
||The first Kamera Special, an additional 64 page annual edition was
published towards the end of 1957. The success of Kamera led to a spate of new Harrison
Marks publications in 1958.
a similar 32 page black and white format pocketbook to Kamera, but featuring just one
model, was launched in mid 1958 and ran as a monthly, or sometimes bi-monthly, production
until June 1968, when No.61, the final issue, was produced. There is a separate page
| In Focus
was yet another title first published in 1958 and was identical in style and size to
Kamera. Ostensibly published as a monthly it ran to at least Issue No.21.
there was also 'US Glamour' - same
format, which ran for at least 13 issues by the end of the fifties. No.5 featured Betty
Page, who in addition got a 48 page special 'Betty Page Album'
Also in 1958 came the first issue of Femme. This was to become
more of an annual, or perhaps bi-annual, addition to the range. This new publication was
originally planned as a platform for other internationally known figure photographers such
as Serge Jacque of Paris and Bunny Yeager of the USA. HM also published a separate
pocketbook of Bunny Yeager photographs called The Diane Weber album.
the beginning of 1959 came a one-off, 96 page, pocketbook
titled Kamera Backstage.
It offered a look behind the scenes and included some more casual shots including 20 pages
time during this period George, who was always an animal lover, found time to divert his
skills to a completely different area of photography cats the four legged
variety. He liked photographing cats. He had adopted a cat shortly after he moved into
Gerrard Street where, later, a permanent public exhibition of his cat photographs occupied
an area of the studio. In 1959 he was asked to take photographs for a forthcoming book
about cats by Compton Mackenzie, Cats Company, which was
published the following year.
Glamour', described as 'a
companion to U.S. Glamour', was the first of a number of one-off, 32 page pocket books
featuring the work of photographers from the continent.
Circa 1961 another
publishing/distribution company was formed, Gaffinia Publications, which, amongst
other things took over publication of Femme briefly and also produced a series of 32 page,
Kamera Style booklets featuring the work of three well known French photographers. These
(With pleasure), 'Outdoor
Paris' , 'Fotaq'
In 1962, a 64 page hardback book called
was published featuring an excellent variety of photographs of actress and model Vera Day
1962, the Harrison Marks focus was already turning away from stills photography towards
the silver screen.
Special No.3 appeared in late 1963, five years after No.2. Margaret Nolan features on the
In late '63/early '64 came another one-off pocketbook
Fabulous June Palmer'.
1964 saw the publication of another hardback, She walks in beauty . . . .,(see left)
described as '128 pages of studies on fine art paper and cloth bound for 50/- plus 2/6
postage and packing'. This book was originally planned as Kamera
on Location 1964.
However, Harrison Marks finally decided on a more ambitious hardback, a large format
coffee table book featuring not only new location material of June Palmer, Molly Peters, Sophia
Dawn and Frankie Young taken in Cornwall in the Summer and Autumn of 1963, but additional
photographs of Annette Johnson, Vicky Kennedy and Wendy Luton as well as some earlier,
previously unpublished shots of other models including Marie Deveraux.
Best of Kamera - Edition1' was
published offering 80 pages of selected photographs from previous issues of Kamera and the
following year came 'The
Best of Kamera - Edition 2'. In the
Summer of '66 'Kamera
on Location 1966' (below
left) was published in pocketbook format .
1967 brought the launch of 'A brand new
pocket book designed solely for the amateur photographer - Harrison Marks' 'Glamour
offered 'Over 300 individual photographs showing model poses used by Harrison Marks
when photographing his models. An invaluable help to photographers specialising in this
one more special publication in 1967. 'Magnificent
Monique', a 64
page pocket book in the usual format featuring Monique Deveraux (It accompanied an 8mm
home movie of the same name).
of the Kamera specials was the 1967 'Kamera Winter Special' (see
right), featuring Dawn Grayson on the cover.
there was a very offbeat title, Macabre
(see left), in which three female models, two fully clad in black leather outfits, the
other in a negligee, stocking and suspenders, romped about a bedroom set together. It was
quite out of keeping with any of the other publications of that period. It was associated
with a HM glamour movie 1 & 2 Make Three and it was the last of the
June of 1968, the last copies of the regular magazines rolled off the press. It was the
end of an era and it was to be another fourteen turbulent years before Harrison Marks'
attention would be back on publishing his own magazines again.