Sam Haskins

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Sam Haskins, born Samuel Joseph Haskins (born 11 November 1926, died 26 November 2009), was a South African 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. He suffered a stroke on 19 September 2009, the opening day of his exhibition to launch 'Fashion Etcetera' at Milk Gallery in New York and died at home in Bowral, Australia, nine weeks later.


Sam Haskins was born in Kroonstad in the province of the Orange Free State of South Africa. His father Ben was a goods inspector on South African Railways. Early creative influences were fueled by an interest in magic tricks, kite making, drawing and the circus. A talented athlete, as a teenager Sam excelled at hurdling and trained with a circus, resulting in a job offer as a trapeze catcher.


Formal higher education was at the Johannesburg Technical College, 1945 to 1948, where he did a general arts course followed by a part time photographic module....
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