Sam (1926-2009), born on Armistice Day, would have been 87 today. Raised in South Africa with incredibly humble roots, his many talents found a spiritual home in photography. And, his creative abode welcomed him and recognised his ground breaking contributions across a broad spectrum of creative photography. As he himself said “photography has been very good to me”. His input was huge and without doubt the greatest payback is the pervasive influence that he has had on the profession for over half a century.
Here are some portraits of Sam over the years.
Fun Self Portrait in Chelsea studio, London c1970
Sam on a visit to Tokyo c1980. Photo Credit: Unknown.
Sam by Abby Ross. Taken at the ‘Fashion Etcetera’ exhibition in NY, 2009, a week after Sam’s stroke and a few weeks before his death.