Dawn Grayson nude in the kitchen and posing for Ed Alexander for his book of English Beauties (1964). As Ed himself says, when photographing the nude indoors, a change from plain studio backgrounds can sometimes be made by using the average home as a setting, as long as the setting doesn’t detract away from the model. Trust me, my eyes are firmly focussed on the model here!
My latest purchase arrived this afternoon and one that I’ve been after for a while, but unfortunately it’s been going for silly prices on eBay, so I’ve always missed out. By accident I found a copy for sale on Amazon yesterday at a very reasonable price, so despite my reservations I bought it, but for that price it had to be a very poor copy surely? It arrived today, the day after I ordered it, it was very well securely sealed, then wrapped in brown paper and had a wonderful set of stamps attached (several Channel Tunnel ones if your interested).
Well to my surprise it’s a very good condition copy of the magazine, clean crisp pages, no discolouration and for a magazine 50 years old immaculate! So well played to the seller on Amazon for such a good buying experience, if only all sellers showed such commitment.
Anyway onto the magazine! As the title says it’s full of English beauties photographed by Ed Alexander, including none other than Dawn Grayson on the cover (one of the reasons I wanted it!). Published by Whitestone Publications in 1964 it’s a 112 page extravaganza of well known models, both clothed and nude, including Eve Eden, Sophia Dawn, Annette Johnson, Molly Peters and of course Dawn. The strange thing is apart from Annette Johnson, they are all using different or uncommon names, like Sophie Dorn, Kay Stern and Connie Fielding. A wonderful magazine and insight into glamour photography and lots of location shots inside and outside at Ewhurst Manor.
I’m off to scan a few pages to share with you all, then putting it up on eBay for an extortionate selling price (joking, it’s one of the few I may keep)
Sometimes the simplest of shots hits the right spot and this is one of those shots! A simple shot of Connie Fielding from behind in white panties, her reflection from the front in a mirror blurred.
Taken by Ed Alexander in 1964, Connie is actually better know as Eve Eden.
Originally known as Rosa Dolmai (Domaille), this dark haired British bombshell shot to fame in the late 1950’s. After a scandal involving bondage photos, Rosa disappeared to be replaced by a blonde Eve Eden. The blond phase lasted for about 2 years through to 1962. By 1963 she had returned to her original dark hair but in a shorter style than the 50’s using the name Connie Fielding. She shortly continued as Eve Eden and made scores of appearances in dozens of magazine titles throughout the 60’s including front covers of Debonair, Escapade & True Adventures to name a few.
The above image appears in the 1964 magazine ‘Ed Alexander Photographs English Beauties’.