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Friday, April 02, 2010

Tennis Girl Photographer dies

I was sad to hear today that Martin Elliott has died. Martin was the photographer behind the iconic Tennis Girl poster. As you can see it shows a young woman from behind walking towards the net of a tennis court with a tennis racquet in her right hand and her left hand reaching behind lifting her short tennis dress, showing she is not wearing any underwear. The photograph was taken in September 1976 and features then-18-year-old Fiona Butler, his girlfriend at the time. The photo was taken at Birmingham University, Edgbaston, Birmingham, using a borrowed dress, racquet and balls. Like many teenagers I had a copy of the poster on my wall at Uni.

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