Archive for December, 2011

Julian Restoin Roitfeld quotes Sam as influence for new lingerie designs

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This week an article in the New York Times quoted Julia Restoin Roitfeld as crediting Sam for inspiration when designing her new Kiki de Montparnasse lingerie range.

NYT Julia Roitfeld Slide Show 01

Julia, daughter of the legendary former editor of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld (also a Sam Haskins fan) mentions Sam’s work in the window although the article itself doesn’t carry a shot of the store front. Below is a photograph of Kiki’s window in NY taken in 2007 by Sam’s grandson Oren.

Cowboy Kate in Kiki Window 2007 460

A slideshow of the opening party held at Kiki’s New York store is available here.

Sam’s work is routinely ‘referenced’ by the fashion and photographic world but the number of times that he is openly credited are, by comparison, minute. However, I have noticed a positive trend among fashion designers, in contrast to photographers, of being much more generous about citing Sam’s influence on their thinking.

Sam Haskins News

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Because the blog has always been a bit like a magazine, it has long occurred to me that we need another web presence for Sam which is more like a newspaper. So, now there is ‘Sam Haskins News

Sam’s presence on Twitter and Facebook will continue to alert the social media world to new content on the blog, news and web site.

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Sam Haskins a Bologna – Sam’s ‘lost’ masterpiece

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

In 1984 the city of Bologna invited a number of international photographers to interpret the city. Of the resulting portfolios one was selected for an exhibition and a book. Published only in Italian and long out of print, to many lovers of photography outside of Italy, ‘a Bologna’ is Sam’s lost masterpiece.

The prints now reside in Bologna’s Cineteca’s Photographic Archive

Sam took Bologna’s juxtaposition of modern/ancient, youth/tradition, pious/secural and fused it with his own passion for montage in image making. Characteristic of his location work he completed the task with amazing speed shooting the whole book in about ten days and then spending about six weeks in his studio working on the black and white prints and montages. Mixing colour and black and white presented him with no formulaic or dogmatic contradictions – he just did it and it worked.

The book and exhibition have recently (2009) been the subject of a thesis produced by Ms Fabiana Gabrielli a History of Art student at Bologna university. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time that a single Sam Haskins project has formed the basis of an academic study. Someday an inspired soul will take a deep look at Cowboy Kate and the book’s sustained influence on image making and fashion.

Bologna Arrow Montage

Bologna Long Shadow

Bologna War Angel Montage

Angel over Bologna Sam Haskins

Bologna dark steps Sam Haskins

We posted to the blog in 2007 about ‘a Bologna’ and for the sake of reference cohesion, images not included in the list above are repeated below.

Bologna bus 02

Bologna Aida 02

Bologna Manhole Cover 01

Bologna Pylon Blog 01