Sam Haskins, born Samuel Joseph Haskins (born November 11, 1926, died November 26, 2009), was a photographer best known for his contribution to nude photography, pre-Photoshop in-camera image montage, and his books, the most influential of which were Cowboy Kate (1965) and Haskins Posters (1973). From 2000 to 2005 he has focused on fashion photography for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and New York. In 2006 he republished Cowboy Kate in a ‘Directors Cut’ edition with some additional images. In 2009 he published, under the family imprint The Haskins Press his first book in 24 years. ‘Fashion Etcetera’ is a thematic slice through his archives that explores a lifelong passion for fashion, style and design.
The lecture about Sam Haskins delivered by his son, really was heart-felt in everything that was said. At first I didn’t think I would like the images as they were slightly erotic images of women, but the stories he created with the images really made me want to look at them and enjoy the darkroom techniques he used to achieve them. I really liked his ‘Cowboy Kate’ series, he used experimentation and beautiful imagery to create an amazing book. I also liked his use of a curvy model, something that is different from todays use of overly skinny models. At the end of the lecture his son had an image of a trapped heart on the projector, and just looking at this image and hearing him talk about his dads illness made everything sink in a little more. But thinking about it his dads legacy will carry on as long as people get to see the work and remember it, he will live on in his work.