Category Archives: Pin-Up Photographers
Robert Alvarado credits exposure to the pinup images of the 1950’s during his critical adolescent years as a large influence to his work. Taking these “vintage type shots” and turning those memories into an art form has become the “biggest passion” in his life right now. He sites great influences from artists Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, and Olivia plus Norman Rockwell in their images, color and beautiful women. Alvarado has been taking photographs all his life but has only begun doing so professionally in the last six years. Alvarado seems to humbly enjoy this passion and be truly appreciative that others value it. Describing himself as a regular guy just doing what he loves, Alvarado quotes Michelangelo in saying: “I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in the art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible”. He brings a refreshing enthusiasm to his newest vocation and claims he is “like a big kid when he’s photographing someone.”
Alvarado’s style involves individual models in poses, often reminiscent of the classic 1940’s, in clothes, lingerie or tastefully nude looking directly at the camera. The color, form and style of the images have an allure that captivates onlookers and confounds fellow photographers. It is a process he has been developing through trial and error for over a year until he created the look he desired. Blogs on photography sites beg for hints on how he achieves his look. They suggest software? filters? plug ins? to create the flat color of the images with the pop out shine of some of the models’ key features.
Gallery of Robert Alvarado
Al Abbazia is a photographer and artist from Orlando, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and discovered his passion for photography in 2006. Now a published artist, he is well known for his modern and retro pinups. Al states that his biggest pinup influences are Gil Elgren and Ralph Burch.
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Gallery of Al Abbazia
Chris Clor is an award-winning photographer and illustrator from London, United Kingdom. A leading talent in photo illustration, working within the genre of conceptual, narrative, portrait, landscape and CGI rendering, Chris’ recognisable style, professionalism and easy going personality make him a favorite with his clients. A strong sense of composition, lighting and colour results in high impact imagery for his clients. Chris has several marvelous conceptual works in his portfolio. Below, we share his pinup works for your enjoyment.
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Gallery of Chris Clor
Alfred Cheney Johnston
Though, not actually a pinup photographer, we felt that Alfred Cheney Johnston deserved special mention, here, at the American Pinup. Johnston could more accurately be labeled the father of glamour photography. Johnston was born on April 8, 1885, into an affluent banking family, which lived in Mount Vernon, NY. He attended the National Academy of Design in New York, where he studied painting and illustration.
Johnston is most noted for his relationship with famous American Broadway impresiaro, Florenz (Flo) Ziegfeld, who was known as the “glorifier of the American girl” and showcased beautiful women prominently in his famous Ziegfeld Follies. Johnston’s timeless photographs featured the women who performed for Ziegfeld, some of whom went on to become famous Hollywood actresses.