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Iconic Book Maquettes * FOR SALE *

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Sam Haskins Estate is making available for sale the last remaining copies of Sam’s maquettes from two of his legendary photo books of the sixties. First up is the last remaining maquette of Cowboy Kate. Sam only made four copies in 1963. This is an extraordinary photographic object. Constructed of silver prints all produced my Sam.

For a complete list of specs please download the PDF “Sam Haskins Maquettes”

Cowboy Kate Maquette from Ludwig Haskins on Vimeo.

Extremely rare, one of only four constructed in 1963. Photography, printing, retouching, book design and maquette construction by Sam Haskins.

Note: Book is on a viewing stand to protect the binding.

We are also selling the last remaining copy of Five Girls (1962) maquette constructed by Sam in 1961. Although Cowboy Kate’s enormous immediate popularity went on to become a lasting icon of the sixties and a legendary point of reference for many image makers and designers, the book that preceded Kate, Five Girls, is in many ways historically more important. Five Girls was a milestone in freeing nude photography from cliché and an immediate inspiration to many other leading photographers of the time, including Jeanloup Sieff, Wingate Paine and Helmut Newton.

The maquettes are the creative mother lode of Sam’s sixties books. Meticulously designed, printed and constructed, the physical prints are still sparkling after more than half a century. These maquettes are not just an amazing photographic experience each time they are viewed, they are in effect an entire photographic exhibition of vintage silver prints, in a single object.

Speaking of exhibitions, because life is sometimes just weird in the world of art promotion, none of Sam’s sixties books has ever had an exhibition, until now. The next ten years is going to see the first exhibitions, of Sam’s sixties work along with reprints and new titles. In other words these maquettes will see a return leveraged by the estate’s work now that the archives have been released to us.

Five Girls Maquette from Ludwig Haskins on Vimeo.

Extremely rare, one of only three constructed in 1961. Photography, printing, retouching, book design and maquette construction by Sam Haskins.

Note: Book is on a viewing stand to protect the binding.

Later projects never resulted in objects of this kind, not least of all because Sam never did a pure black and white book again after ‘November Girl’ and ‘African Image’ both published in 1967. But Sam’s thinking remained most at home in an analogue space. With his last book, Fashion Etcetera (2009), although the production was all in Adobe InDesign the pages were still sequenced by Sam on the big library table of his home in Bowral using small A5 prints.

Parties interested in discussing the purchase of the maquettes should please contact me directly on:

books@thehaskinspress.com

Alexa Chung’s ‘Five Girls’ style reference

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Alexa Chung has long been a fan of Gill from Sam’s first groundbreaking book ‘Five Girls’ published in 1962. In particular the shots of Gill sitting on the floor in black over-the-knee socks

Gill Black stockings Cover

In August 2007, plans were announced for Alex Turner to record an album with Miles Kane, James Ford and Owen Pallett. This new side group was named The Shadow Puppets. A month or two before this announcement Alexa and Alex started dating, a relationship that lasted until mid 2011. Alexa it turns out was responsible for suggesting the image of Gill on the cover of the album.

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The Age of the Understatement, was released on 21 April 2008 and reached number one in its first week. The resultant publicity caused some online speculation about the identity of the model. Gill, is alive and well, a painter and a grandmother living with family in South Africa. At the time she was an art student with no modelling experience who just turned out to be a natural in front of the camera.

Alexa Chung and Alex Turner 02

Alexa now has a print of Gill in her black socks/stockings in her home and featured a variant of the shot (the first image in this post) in her book ‘IT’, to decorate a chapter discussing underwear choices. The book launched this month just as the October issue of British Vogue hit the book shelves with, Alexa on the cover. Nice timing.

Alexa Chung  October Vogue 2013

Alexa’s quirky. eclectic wardrobe, infused with good taste and her sexy girl-next-door image is an excellent fit with the aesthetic values from Sam’s black and white work in the 60′s. We are happy to have her as a fan.

Alexa Chung Over the Knee Comp

November Girl & Type

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Among many other things Sam had a lifelong passion for typography and from time-to-time included type in his work, especially in November Girl with photographs taken in the streets and docks of Cape Town.

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November Girl in Cape Town by Sam Haskins

November Girl Tall 2 Cape Docks by Sam Haskins

November Girl Fish and Chips by Sam Haskins

Playboy – August 1963

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

A fan has just sent me this scan from an editorial shot by Sam for Playboys August 1963 edition. I don’t have this issue in the estate archive but I immediately sourced a copy on eBay which is on its way to me. The shoot is dedicated to Gill, the star of Five Girls (1962).

US Playboy 1963 08 p59 Gill by Sam Haskins DxO

The cover, a photograph of Nancy Perry by Stan Malinowski, is reproduced below. What confident fun they had with covers in those days.

Playboy 1963 cover

After seeing Gill in a dummy of ‘Five Girls’, presented at the Playboy offices in 1962, they tried to get an exclusive on a book dedicated to Gill, a proposal which Alida turned down. Which didn’t stop them from asking her to wait outside for a while while they ‘shared’ the book with colleagues. Ten minutes later a photographer arrived at the door, out of breath and burdened by kit saying “where is the book that I have to copy”?