Archive for the ‘Making Photographs’ Category

The Honeymoon Series

Monday, March 19th, 2012

From roughly 1990, this is, to be best of my knowledge, the only set of erotic photographs that Sam produced with a couple. A husband and wife modelled for this session in Sam’s Wimbledon studio.

Honeymoon 03 by Sam Haskins

Honeymoon 01 by Sam Haskins

Honeymoon 02 by Sam Haskins

Model Maker

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Sam brought a love of illusion and fun plus a huge load of non-photographic craftsmanship to his photography, his home and his hobbies. Trained as painter, sculptor and photographer he also poured his love of making things into furniture making, vintage car restoration, gardening, model making and set building.

I remember (I was only about 8 at the time) that he had an assignment from a cigarette company to produce a pack shot with Rome airport in the background. For one reason or another flying to Rome was not on – winter weather, permission to shoot on the tarmac – whatever. He calmly told the client that he would recreate the airport in the studio. Today I came across this shot of Sam with the Rome airport model he built in his Johannesburg studio.

Update: Almost four year’s later, scrunched up amongst some of Sam’s magazines, I found the ‘Rome Airport’ Peter Stuyvesant shot. See below:

Peter Stuyvesant Ad

Airport Model by Sam Haskins

Airport Model by Sam Haskins CU 03

The final shot is somewhere in his archive. If I find it I will add it to this post. If anyone has a copy please send me a scan.

The image below was one of several humorous models and photographs that he used to punctuate the sequence of images in his slide show.

I am a Camera model by Sam Haskins

Jean Michel Folon by Sam Haskins

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Sam embarked on a multi-year slow cooking project of photographing artists from around the world. They were all personal favourites, colleagues that he had admired for years. Sadly the project came to a premature end because getting artists to commit to a day or two of shooting is like herding cats. Sam was not the type to spend ages persuading people to pose for him so, when the logistics became too much of a stress the project was abandoned.

However, along the way Sam was able to pay homage to creative minds and personalities that had provided him with much joy and inspiration through their work. One of the happiest of these encounters was with the brilliant Belgian illustrator and graphic artist Jean Michel Folon. From the late sixties Sam always had at least one giant Folon poster (which Sam framed himself), hanging prominently in his studio.

The photographs below were taken in the early eighties at Folon's studio outside Paris before he moved to Monaco.






The black 'T' shape in the two image layout above was a graphic mechanism that Sam used for his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2006.


Below is a selection of Folon's incredible work. Always, deeply thoughtful, tender hearted, delicately executed, highly graphic minimal line, super saturated colours and emotionally taught with a signature mix of humour and haunting sadness.

Further examples of Folon's work can be found here: Official Site, Folon Foundation, Wikipedia Entry.






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Salon des Refusés – part 4

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

In the course of producing my new book 'Fashion Etcetera' we ended up with a long short list, retouching and rejecting a volume of images almost equal to those that made it into the final book which contains 177 colour images and 114 black and whites.

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This is the fourth post in a blog series featuring shots that hit the cutting room floor. Other photographs in this series can be seen here:

Salon des Refusés - part 1

Salon des Refusés - part 2

Salon des Refusés - part 3

FASHION ETECETERA will be launched in September with an exhibition at Milk Gallery in New York. The project is a partnership with the Tommy Hilfiger group who have exclusive 3rd party rights to market, distribute and sell a special edition of the book and are sole sponsors of the exhibition.

A PDF of the standard edition French Fold jacket can be viewed here. A PDF of the special edition cover to be sold in Tommy Hilfiger stores can be viewed here

For clarification of the two editions of FASHION ETCETERA please see the 'Two Editions' post on this blog.

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