November Girl & Type

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.


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

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”?

Fred’s Crow

May 23rd, 2013

From Sam’s London Chelsea studio in the mid 1970′s. A period of intense experimentation with colour, lighting and graphic composition, often combining still life elements with live models.

Fred s Crow by Sam Haskins

Life goes on…

May 2nd, 2013

It has been five months since my mother Alida, Sam’s wife, died and four months since I posted a tribute to her on this blog. Her funeral in Sydney was attended by roughly forty friends and three family members and in the meantime 400,000 people in dozens of countries have read her tribute. I am grateful to all those who wrote and called me. Thank you.

So, time to return to the indelible trace of Sam’s mark on photography. There is in my care, a very large stock of images, with a wide range of content and moods, but always celebrating both life and photography. The full impact of the previously undocumented work in Sam’s archive will only unfold once the estate is settled. In the meantime here are two images from available scans.

The image of the bird on the hand was taken in Rome in 1999. The Serra sculpture was shot in Paris during the occasion of Richard Serra’s major show at Musée National d’Art Moderne, in 1984.

Rome Hand with pigeon

Richard Serra reduced