Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sam Haskins

Photography is a constant source of inspiration for me, and perhaps my all time favourite photographer is Sam Haskins. His 1964 book Cowboy Kate is one of my most loved books of images. He changed the way nudes were photographed—with Sam, they could be cheeky, nonchalant, casual or slightly surreal, and while they’re sexy, they’re not at all overt. It’s amazing to think that this South African–born photographer, who also lived in London, moved to the Southern Highlands outside Sydney in 2002, and was still working into his later years. His last shoot was for Australian Harper’s Bazaar, in 2006. He died in 2009, at 83, after an incredible and industry-changing career. I would have loved to meet Sam, I think he would have been such a cool guy with amazing stories to tell. Hope these images inspire you.


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