Wings of Angels: A Tribute to the Art of World War II Pinup & Aviation Box Set

Michael Malak

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A beautifully presented, two-volume collection, uniquely chronicling the story and history of the most recognizable aircraft of World War II and the pinup girls whose images graced these legendary warbirds. Flying into combat with our boys, inspiring and providing our U.S. soldiers with sweetly seductive reminders of home, these pinups are a reminder of the All-American good life GIs were fighting for. For the first time, Michael Malak has merged classic 1940s style Hollywood photographs in black and white and sepia recreations for the vintage-minded, as well as full color HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs for the modern art lover. This book takes the viewer through the history of these magnificent warbirds and the role they played in World War II, and provides detailed, factual information about each of them courtesy of the Yanks Air Museum, home of these exquisite warbirds. Several world renowned pinup artists of today, such as Greg Hildebrandt, have contributed their time and talent to take part in this project, providing original artwork for Wings of Angels, in the tradition of legendary pinup artists Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas. This is a limited edition boxed set of volumes 1 and 2, featuring both books in a handsome slipcase; perfect for the dedicated collector or as a gift.

Size: 8 1/2" X 11" | 160 | 310 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347818

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Michael Malak is a well known professional photographer and artist, specializing in 1940s style Hollywood glamour photography and WWII pinup photographic recreations. Named “The New Hurrell” by his peers, having mastered the intricate lighting and photographic techniques of the 1940s golden age master of photography, George Hurrell, Michael's biggest inspiration of all time. In 2011, Michael had the pleasure and privilege of photographing the beautiful Claire Sinclair, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 2011, as well as doing commissioned works of her for MGM Grand and Crazy Horse Paris. Michael has been sought after by many, including Disney Imagineering, for private commissioning, as well as by several exclusive art galleries around the world. Michael's photographic art is currently being displayed and sold at “Pinup Expo” in Belgium. He has also created calendars for the world's largest vintage lingerie retailer “Secrets in Lace” for 2012 and 2013, utilizing images from the “Wings of Angels” photo shoots. He has been featured in multiple publications, such as the February 2012 edition of Front Row Magazine, Art Issue. Michael currently resides in Southern California with his family.