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A photo of Pamela Green by Zoltán Glass on the cover of Modelstudier no. 63, vol. 15. Modelstudier was a long-standing Danish magazine that was distributed in the States as well as Blighty. Format wise it’s American letter, although I think some issues were smaller and had more pages. From the blurb on the inside cover, the aim of the magazine was to “… bring pleasing and clear reproductions of diversified and characteristic models” to the artist that “reside beyond the pales of great art centres.” Date unknown, but unlike British magazines of the time pubic hair is clearly visible on some of the photos.

Pamela Green by Zoltán Glass on the cover of Modelstudier

Pamela Green on the cover of Modelstudier no. 63, vol. 15. Photo by Zoltán Glass.

Below is an original scan of a Stephen Glass negative of, almost but not quite, the cover image of the 16-page Pose and Poise.  According to the forward…“When producing this booklet for Art Students the Publishers had in mind the need which many students might have for an inexpensive means to practice figure drawing. All the studies portrayed in this edition have been carefully selected by Mr. Stephen Glass, the Well-known Photographer.” No date on the magazine but I suspect mid-fifties. Stephen Glass was the brother of the more famous Zoltán Glass. I don’t have much information on Stephen Glass. No idea when he came to London or died. Any info would be much appreciated.

Pamela Green, Pose and Poise, Stephen Glass, Nude, Figure Drawing

Poise and Poise featuring Pamela Green on the cover photographed by Stephen Glass.

Zoltan Glass the Photographer

Self-portrait by Zoltán Glass (1903 – 1981)

Pamela Green modelled for numerous photographers. My favourite by far was Zoltán Glass. He was born in Budapest on April 26, 1903. He began his career as a cartoonist and retoucher for a local newspaper, but in 1925 he moved to Berlin, where he found regular employment as the picture editor of a Berlin evening paper, before moving on to the Berliner Tagblatt as a photojournalist.

Zoltán prospered and was soon able to develop a thriving freelance business as a commercial photographer and journalist. He established Reclaphot, a photographic agency that specialised in advertising work, and Autophot, a company dedicated exclusively to automobile photography. He was an amateur racer and keen motorsport enthusiast while living in Germany and covered the country’s biggest races at the Nurburgring and the Avus circuit, near Berlin. His most famous photos are of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows team, which dominated Grand Prix racing from 1934. With the rise of Hitler, however, business became increasingly difficult for him and he fled to London. However, as an enemy alien at the outbreak of World War II, he was not permitted to pursue his profession and faced the threat of internment, so he voluntarily handed over his camera equipment to the British authorities.

After the war, he eke out a living taking publicity stills for clients in the film and theatrical worlds. His career took a big step up when the Hungarian Arpad Elfer who was Creative Director of Colman, Prentis & Varley, one of the most prestigious London ad agencies started giving him work. By the mid-Fifties, he was one of the most successful fashion and advertising photographers in London and had had his own studios at 183 Kings Road, Chelsea, and later at 41 Paradise Walk, SW3. One of his clients was Odhams Press who published Lilliput, a pocket-sized gentleman’s magazine that featured an assortment of titillating articles and risqué humour, together with adventurous photographic essays from such well-known talents as Bill Brandt and Brassai.


Zoltán Glass Mercedes Gullwing Coupe.

A 1961 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe. One of the few automobile pictures that Zoltán Glass took after the War.

Around this time, Zoltán’s brother Stephen had carved out a name for himself taking pictures for Health and Efficiency and other such publications. Pamela Green modelled for him several times at the nudist camp Spielplatz and at his tiny first floor studio in Church Street, Chelsea, but it was Pamela’s agent Pearl Beresford, who sent her along to Zoltán. His studio in the Kings Road was enormous and unlike his brother he was brisk and businesslike. Pamela worked regularly for Zoltán often on complicated sets. They even went down to the Scilly Isles to do nudes on the beach. His passion for nude photography and his creative and innovative approach made him well known, especially in the United States.

By 1964 Zoltán Glass had made enough money to sell his Chelsea studio to a consortium of British photographers and move abroad to a villa in Roquebrune on the French Riviera with his common-law wife Pat, a former cabaret dancer. He offered his collection of pin-up photography to Harrison Marks, who strangely turned him down. He died in France on February 24, 1981, at the age of 78, leaving neither offspring nor a will.

If anyone has some more info on Stephen or Zoltán Glass it would be much appreciated.

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A wonderful image of Pamela taken by the Hungarian photographer Zoltán Glass. Part of series of photos taken by Zoltán of Pamela for Lilliput magazine in January 1952. Courtesy of Joseph Vasta.

A wondeful image of Pamela Green taken by the Hungarian photographer Zoltán Glass. Part of series of photos taken by Zoltán of Pamela for Lilliput magazine in January, 1952.

Pamela Green by Zoltán Glass