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Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.


Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.

This group is for those interested in nude photography published in England during the first half of the 20th century from such photographers as:
• Walter Bird
• Joan Craven
• John Everard
• Stephen Glass
• Zoltán Glass
• George Harrison Marks
• Horace Roye
• Jean Straker
• Bertram Park and Yvonne Gregory

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Latest Activity: Feb 6

Stephen Glass versus Stefan Glass

There seems to be some debate if his name was Stefan Glass or Stephen Glass. I've always gone with Stephen as that's how he was credited in all the magazines I've seen. It was also how several models referred to him. I guess after the war he used the anglicised version of his name.

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Eva Grant

Doing some research into the female figure photographer Eva Grant, who was active in the 1950s and early 60s. She was born in Istanbul, grew up in Greece, and became a student nurse in London. To…Continue

Tags: female, nude, photographer, figure

Started by Wolfbait Books Nov 1, 2021.

Bertram Park and Yvonne Gregory

My post about the photographers Bertram Park and Yvonne Gregory. all…Continue

Started by Wolfbait Books Sep 16, 2020.

Rare interview with Stephen Glass

I came across a rare interview with Stephen Glass that was published in Health and Efficiency, 1951.“How I Take My Naturist Pictures” …Continue

Tags: nudist, Glass, Stephen, Health and Efficiency

Started by Wolfbait Books Jul 26, 2020.

Stephen Glass – Brother of Zoltan 2 Replies

Does anyone have any biographical details about Stephen Glass the brother of Zoltan Glass?He did a lot of photography for the Naturist in the 50s.…Continue

Tags: nudes, nudism, Naturist

Started by Wolfbait Books. Last reply by Wolfbait Books Jun 1, 2020.

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Comment by Wolfbait Books on June 15, 2022 at 8:56

I should do a post about them.

Comment by Wolfbait Books on June 15, 2022 at 8:56

Tim Goldsmith  I have a set plus most of the  Art Studies. I think I'm missing a couple of slides.

Comment by Tim Goldsmith on June 15, 2022 at 8:49

Thanks Wolfbait Books. I'm aware of the book but more interested in his early 3D images. I interviewed Stanley 5 or 6 years before he died and he could certainly tell a tale or two! I had the Vistascreen Irving Theatre Club set but in a moment of madness I sold it. Never seen another since. :-(

Comment by Wolfbait Books on June 15, 2022 at 8:11

 Tim Goldsmith  — Simon Sheridan wrote a biography of Stanley Long: X-Rated – Adventures of an Exploitation Filmmaker (2008), which you can get from Amazon.

These links may be of interest.


Stanley Long took a lot of photos of the Irving Theatre Club. Vistascreen had a Irving Theatre Club set.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2022 at 20:51

Hi, Ronald. The Zoltan Glass collection (and archive) is held at the National Science + Media Museum, Bradford. 

Comment by Ronald Lines on June 13, 2022 at 12:54

I have come across the name of Zoltan Glass in my study of Picture Post photographers, he however made his name in Germany as an automobile photographer for Audi in the late 1920's early 30's but fled around 1934.He came to London and worked as a freelance or maybe on the books for Picture Post but set up a studio in London and was then joined by his brother Stefan Glass anglicised to Stephen. They had a successful career with the studio but although I know Zoltan went on to do a lot of photography for H&E I didn't realise his brother was also involved. Not a lot of info out there about Zoltans H&E photography although you can find his studio photographs. 

Comment by Tim Goldsmith on May 11, 2021 at 13:37


I have just presented a talk to the UK Stereoscopic Society on Vistascreen, which was the UK answer to the popular US View-Master 3D system. (Now available on the YouTube channel for the Stereoscopic Society).

Unlike View-Master which was a family orientated product, the Vistascreen included several sets of tasteful images, Art Studies I, II & III and Glamour Models I, II & III in which the models were clothed, along with a series of 11 titles in the Miss Continentale (fully nude) sets.

In the early 1950s, prior to the launch of the Vistascreen system, The Capital paper Co., based at 16 Soho Square, London, produced a series of nude titles (not in 3D) which were sold by mail order, but I have yet to find any of their publications.

The main photographer for practically all of the 350+ sets of Vistascreen 3D pictures was Stanley Long, who after leaving Vistascreen in the 1960s went on the produce several of the better known "Sexplotation" feature films in the 1970s.

Does anyone have any info I can add to the early history and complete the story?

Comment by Roger Watson on March 1, 2021 at 9:24

Looking for information on a photographer named Barnard, active circa 1920s - 1930s.

Comment by Brian Stokoe on May 25, 2020 at 12:45

I'm looking for any information on the nude work of Colin Osman, former owner/editor of Creative Camera magazine (London). Can anyone help?


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