Bettie Page by Robert Collins
Bettie Page by Robert Collins photo circa mid 1950s
The Robert Collins photos of Bettie Page have an interesting
history. A few photographs found their way to eBay in the early
2000s in the form of modern reprints without any mention of who took
the original photographs. It is possible the seller did not know who
the photographer was and used copy negatives which originally were
used for the 1995 publication "Bettie Page Queen of Hearts" by Jim
Silke. It's nice to finally put a name with these mysterious photos.
Some of the photographs were supposedly taken during an outing
called the "Manhattan Camera Club Session". Other than that, I have
not been able to gather any information on Robert Collins. He was a
good photographer with a distinct style. Usually, a photographer
gravitates towards one genre but Robert Collins was adept at doing
pin-up, figure and portrait photography!