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Calendar Exhibition in Paris further extended to September 10th

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Sam's show at Ofr in Paris has been further extended to September 10th.

The bookstore/gallery is open 7 days a week and is situated just south of Republic in the charming leafy streets of the Marais.

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This is the first ever retrospective of Sam's calendar assignments spanning 30 years of work. The show also includes two rare vintage black and white prints - printed, retouched and signed by Sam and a selection of contemporary inkjet prints of iconic images from the sixties. Plus the first showing in Europe of the only limited editions (a set of four images in an edition of 10 each) ever printed by Sam - produced just before his death last November.

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Calendar Retrospective

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

The show opened in Paris on Thursday, in the small gallery behind the popular Ofr bookstore in Paris. Ofr is a visual hot-spot for the fashion and photographic crowd. A place to secure anything from the current Japanese Vogue to vintage copies of Twen and the latest photo and fashion books.

The Paris show offers an opportunity, for the first time ever, to view the evolution of Sam's calendar work over three decades from 1971.

Ofr gallery is also presenting a small collection of Sam's prints; rare original signed silver vintages from the sixties (printed and retouched by Sam), contemporary inkjet prints of sixties images and a set of the only limited edition colour work ever printed by Sam.

The show - originally intended to run until August 25th - has been extended to September 5th. Tell your friends and colleagues!

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Celebrating Summer and Paris

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Ofr Bookstore and Gallery are hosting an intimate fun show of Sam's work. This is the first retrospective of Sam's legendary calendar photography, produced primarily for Pentax from 1971 to 2000. The show runs from July 9th through to the end of August.

The 'Summer' part of the theme is obviously represented by the calendars whereas 'Paris' is being represented by 'November Girl' in various states of deshabillé with her melancholic longings in a bohemian bedroom and a cigarette to hand. In fact, the pictures were shot in Sam's studio in Johannesburg in 1966, using sets he styled and built, 'November Girl' has always been a firm favourite with the French who view her as quintessentially Parisian.

Two very rare signed vintage prints (with a handful of exceptions, Sam's vintage archive was unsigned) will be offered along with contemporary prints and vintage calendars.

See you in Paris...

[Ludwig]

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Sam on French Breakfast TV

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

A very charming team from the French breakfast TV show 'Tele Matin' interviewed Sam while we were hanging the show at Milk Gallery. The video they made aired twice, once in October 2009 and again in December 2009. The show's co-anchor Isabelle Chalençon is seen below wearing her Sam Haskins T-shirt while presenting the story.

This video along with others made by CNN and The New York Times form a precious record. They are the last recordings of Sam's voice prior to his stroke which happened just days after this footage was shot. The bruise clearly visible on his right cheek is as a result of a fall he took in Korea on his way to New York. Despite being in constant pain from a tripod fracture of his cheekbone, he kept to his schedule and met all his commitments to the press and the sponsor, Tommy Hilfiger.

France always had a special place in Sam's heart. Not just because from the moment his first book 'Five Girls' was published, the French warmly embraced his work and awarded his second book 'Cowboy Kate' with the coveted Prix Nadar but mainly because collectively the French seemed to be looking at the photography more than the nudity. Sam's work also appeared on two covers of French PHOTO. He had many fond memories of his trips to the city of light, starting in 1950 when he first travelled to the French capital as a student based in London through to presenting his slide show on the first level of the Eiffel Tower in the 80s and shooting for French Vogue in his late seventies.

Some of Sam's greatest contemporary colleague/heroes were also based in Paris; Guy Bourdin and Jean-Loup Sieff. Although Sam contributed to a book published by Sieff featuring the portraits and quotes of other photographers, and they certainly were an influence on one another, they sadly never met.

On this occasion, Paris came to Sam in New York and not only Paris, in five hectic days before the show he was interviewed by journalists from a dozen different countries and the book/exhibition was covered by over 100 magazines in 25 countries. The last interview was on Friday morning and the following morning, September 19th 2009, Sam had the tragic stroke that precipitated a rapid decline that led to his death two months later at home in Australia.

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[posted by Ludwig]

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