doesn’t say a word. She plays herself opposite David Hemmings’ version of
David Bailey; he writhes around her semi-naked form for three minutes –
straddling her at one point – until he eventually gets his shot. The
analogy between a photo session and a sexual encounter isn’t glossed over by director Michelangelo Antonioni – Hemmings even has a post-coital cigarette afterwards.
new exhibition at Somerset House shows some of her first modelling
pictures – from 1963 and 64 – taken by Johnny Moncada in Italy, and rediscovered by his daughter after his death. Called From Vera to Verushka,
the exhibition displays pictures that have never been seen before
All photographs: Johnny Moncada