Kamera Magazine (1956 – 1968)

George Harrison Marks launched Kamera in 1957 and was published with a cover price of 2/6 (Around £2.75 at today’s prices). The original print run of 15,000 copies sold out within two days of the launch, so an immediate reprint had to be ordered. Again that sold out in days and, in all, over 150,000 copies of issue No.1 were sold in the first five weeks.

The photographs reproduced in Kamera were retouched, where necessary, to disguise any sign of the model’s pubic hair or genitals, in order to try and avoid the danger of falling foul of the British obscenity law, which was pretty ambiguous in those days. This was the case throughout the 12 years that the publication of Kamera spanned. The reader could have been forgiven for thinking that all the models had shaved off their pubic hair. In fact probably less than half of them had. 

Harrison Marks with Rosa Dolmai & Lorraine Burnett


Some of the models who appeared in Kamera – June Palmer, Paula Page, Lorraine Burnett, Vicky Kennedy, Marie Devereaux, Pat Rose and Rosa Dolmai – like Pamela Green, went on to become celebrities in their own right.

1958 appears to have been the peak year for Kamera, when, the full 12 monthly issues were produced. In 1959 there were 11, there were 9 issues in 1960, 7 in 1961 and in 1962 only 6 issues seemed to have been produced. For 1963 through 1967 output was back to around eight.*

The success of Kamera also spawned the creation of a Kamera Calendar each year.  The Calendars themselves became very popular and were regularly found hung up in garage waiting rooms, restrooms and workshops and today are sought after by avid collectors.

* Text modified from Harrison Marks Official Website 

Kamera Magazine

Kamera Calendar & Specials

Kamera Magazine Listing (1957 – 1968)

Clicking the images below will show you a larger image of the cover, the text link underneath will take you to pages of that Kamera edition that have already been published. Unfortunately I have some gaps in the later editions, so there are no working links, but they will be updated as I get copies.

Ann Austin

Ann Austin was one of the most popular and long-active models of the ‘generation’ that began their careers in the later 1950s (like Lorraine Burnett, Paula Page, Rosa Domaille, Jackie Parker). In an early edition of Russell Gay’s QT she is described as the ‘most exciting new discovery of the year’ – the year was probably 1957.  She had the distinction of being the very first model to be featured in Harrison Marks’s famous Solo series.  Anne was tall, certainly five feet ten inches – in shoes at least, really high ones more.  ‘Anne was a big girl, Junoesque, but all the same assembled with enormous skill, so that everything balanced perfectly. If you didn’t think you liked big girls, Anne could make you change your mind … To cap it all, Anne was strikingly beautiful, with wonderful colouring, dark hair with coppery natural tints, and green eyes. A knockout … ‘She was a well educated and intelligent girl, softly spoken, and without any extreme accent, although from her background [middle-class, Kensington] one might have expected that … Money was obviously no problem in her family and I can only assume that she was modelling because she liked doing it, not from need’.

Real Name: Ann Austin
Date of Birth: 1939?
Modelling Aliases:
None
Measurements: 39-2537  Height: 5’10”
Eye Colour: Green 
Hair Colour (Natural): Brunette
Hair Colour (Dyed): None, But Known To Have Worn a Blonde Wig

Ann Austin Images



Magazines:
Ahoy
Bounce
Candy
Connoisseur’s Choice and Modelling Review Vol.4 N.11
Dude 1963 (US)
Fiesta Special Collectors Edition: Top Glamour Models of the 50’s.
(Harrison Marks reprints)
Fling 1963 (US)
Foles de Paris et Hollywood (Many issues)
Francoise.
(Harrison Marks reprints)
Girl Illustrated Vol.5 No.6

Glamour Figure and Pin-Up No.19
Hi-Life (US) – Miss Hi-Life, August,1964
Kamera No.8, 10, 12 (Cover), 14, 20, 22 (Cover), 34,
35 & 60.
Kamera Classics 1. Nostalgia Publications. (Harrison Marks reprints)
Kamera Special No.2
La Femme No.1. (Harrison Marks reprints)
Mademoiselle No.10
Mermaid (issue unknown)(US Publication) Model No.3 & 4
Modern Man (US) – mid 1960s
Pagan 12.
(Harrison Marks reprints)
Phot Studio – Many issues
Photo Studio Outdoor Album
QT 5 (centrefold) &
QT 6
Silky 1
Six 2
Solo No.1
Spotlight
Studio Argyle Figure & Pin Up – photographed by Rosalinda

Lorraine Burnett

Lorraine was exceptionally prolific and appeared in countless publications from the late 1950’s to mid-1960’s. In addition to her sumptuous proportions and baby-faced beauty, her slightly ‘buck-toothed’ look seemed only to add to her charm.

Lorraine was born in Manchester in 1937 and trained as a dancer before moving to London in 1955 to work as a nude statue at the Windmill Theatre.  Lorraine got lucrative contracts doing glamour shoots at camera and cine clubs in Soho

In a brief reminiscence of Lorraine published in Fiesta magazine in the mid 1980’s, Roger Davis recalled that she was especially popular in the US, but he shed no light on her origins. Davis also said she was ‘no clothes horse’ and when he first met her he thought she was nothing special, but once out of her clothes she was ‘a photographer’s paradise’ with an innate ability to pose. He continues: “Lorraine did a cabaret act, at various places in London. She could do the famous trick with the tassels on nipple caps, not only making the tassels rotate with the movement of her breasts, but making them rotate in opposite directions to each other. … Like Jackie Parker, appearing then in clubs, Lorraine must have been responsible for a large part of the raincoat sales in London.” Davis characterized Lorraine as “a very quiet girl, rather withdrawn in fact, an unexpected characteristic in a girl who could, and did, give an energetic and uninhibited performance on stage. … Hard to fathom, but a joy to ‘shoot’ “. One club at which Lorraine was a star act in the late 1950’s was the Panama Theatre Club, 42 Great Windmill Street, London W1.*1

As Well as working for Davis, Lorraine proved to be a favourite with both Russell Gay and Harrison Marks, whom she first worked with in 1958.  Pamela Green booked Lorraine after watching Lorraine with Harrison Marks in Soho and it was Lorraine’s 42” Bust and firm toned body which made her such a success.  Lorraine’s lingerie work was also a vital part of her work, appearing in spiked heels, suspenders, corsets and more, along with a variety of hair colours and wigs.

Lorraine seems to have retired back to the Midlands in the late 1960’s  where she continued to dance and strip, but little is known of her after that point.

Real Name: Lorraine Burnett
Modelling Aliases:
Sally Hayden
Date of Birth:
1937
Measurements: 41-25-36 Height: 5′ 7(1.70m)  
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour (Natural): Blonde
Hair Colour (Dyed):
Brunette

Lorraine Burnett Images

Lorraine Burnett Covers

Magazine Listings:
Amber No.16 (Cover) 
Beauty Bazaar (Cover)
Beauty of the Month No.2 – Lovely Lorraine
Black Garter

Bloom
Bosomy Beauties No.15 & No.17 – Issue devoted to her.

Bouncy Babes No.1 (Cover)
Carnival March 1958 & January 1959 (Cover & centrefold)

Carnival Summer Special [1958]
Connoisseur’s Choice and Modelling Review (Various issues)
Coral (Many issues) 

Eye, July 1967 (Cover)
Fiesta, December 1957 (11 pages including centrefold)
Fling (Three or four issues up to 1963)
Fling Festival No.2
Folies de Paris et Hollywood – Many issues, including No.131 ,184 & 316 (Cover)
Folies de Paris et Hollywood Selection 

Forty-Plus No.7 (Cover with June Palmer)
Foto-rama, June 1967 (Cover)
Frolic, Feb 1959 

Garter Parade No.4 (Cover)
Gem – June, Year unknown

Just Lorraine Burnette, (Harrison Marks Reprints)
Kamera – Many issues, including notably No.15 (Many photo’s and centrefold together with Rosa Domaille), No.39
Kamera Glamour Guide No.1 (1967?)
Kamera on Location (Hardback book, 1957)
Kingsize – Vol.2 No.3 (Early 1970s) 

Kingsize Special Edition No.7 (Cover)
Knave, March, Year unknown (Cover)
Lovelies (Various issues)
Model (Various issues) Including No.20, 22 & 31 (Cover & Centrefold)
Monsieur No.10
QT (Many issues, including No.13, 41 and 52
(Cover & Centrefold)
Panama Theatre Club Magazine No.1 (cover and feature, with some shots of one of her dance routines)

Paris Hollywood No.11 1960 (Cover)
Photo, February 1967 (Cover)
Photo Studio No.22 

Pic, August 1967 (Cover) 
Revels No.3 (Cover)
Revue Studio (Copenhagen)
Rosalinda’s Album (1958; Book of studies of Lorraine)
Satan’s Scrapbook (Cover)

Silk Seams, Vol.1 No.1 (Cover)
Six No.3
Solo No.2
Spick n’ Span – Numerous issues, including Spick No.110
Sprite No.6
Tic-Toc vol 1 No1 (US – date unknown)
Xtra

*1 (Source: 60’sGlam Database)

Kamera Calendar – 1959 (Full Set)

Thanks to MadMax for identifying Vanda Hudson & Dolores Alvarez in the calendar and completing the missing model names 🙂