- Format: 120mm Slide Transparency + 8x6 Silver Gelatin Print
- Model: Marian Maylam
- Photographer: Bob Guccione
- Year: 1972
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About Marian Maylam
Marian Maylam is a confirmed country girl, with her figure, and it was her love of wider spaces that took her to the U.S. where among other enthusiasms, she developed an undying devotion to the Baltimore Colts. Her ideal companero would be tall, slim-hipped and romantic. "but I'm always more than willing to make an exception to the rule."
When in the city, Marian devotes her off-duty energies to intimate dinner parties and cinema-going, but she frequently takes the train home to Tunbridge Wells to relax. "I go for a long walk through the fields, or just sit in the sun under the trees listening to the breeze and the birds. You can learn a lot about yourself doing that-you can learn how to be truly peaceful." Her sense of self-possession has, she admits, been greatly enhanced by her Pet of the Month pictorial in August 1972.
About Bob Guccione
In 1965, Bob Guccione, a struggling artist with an entrepreneurial imagination, started a magazine called Penthouse. Due to his lack of resources, Guccione personally photographed most of the models for the magazine's early issues. He spent long hours, and sometimes, several days, to complete a photo shoot. Although he had no professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine's pictorials. These images offered more sexually explicit content than other gentleman's magazines of the era, establishing Penthouse as a well known name amongst its competitors.
Although Bob Guccione's formal training amounts to a one-month stint at the Art Students League, his entire life has revolved around the art world since the age of 5, when his aunt gave him a book of impressionist reproduction. As a young man living in Europe and North Africa, he furthered his artistic pursuits by painting and sketching for over 20 years. His sense of light, form, and movement can be attributed to the past 30 years he has spent behind the camera lens. Finally his lifelong acquisition of old-master, impressionist and post-impressionist works has greatly influenced his use of inert color. Although he is known primarily as a businessman, and owner of GMI and its 17 publications, he states that "my greatest passion has always been art."