Elmer Batters (Milwaukee, 1919 – California, 1997) made his debut as a photographer in the late forties. His photographs appeared in adult magazines, a new kind of publication that caused an extraordinary stir in the publishing world in the fifties. Direct successors of the pin-up posters in vogue during the war, these publications contained photographs of scantly dressed or nude girls accompanied by racy articles.
In recent years, his photographs have been exhibited in several galleries, such as the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York (2002) or Cokki Snoel’s gallery in Rotterdam (2002). His works have also been included in group exhibitions like the one held at the Kunsthalle in Basle (2000) or the recent one of the Taschen Collection at the Museo Reins Sofía (2004/5). However, the exhibition at the IVAM is the first solo show to be dedicated to this photographer in Spain.