Sam Haskins


Cowboy-cover Cowboy-spread

When photographer Sam Haskins published this, his most famous book, “Cowboy Kate and Other Stories”, in 1964, it was a pioneering work of printed photography, blending an extended visual narrative, subtly erotic nudity with an artful use of black-and-white tones and photographic grain as a medium for expression and image design. Together with his first book “Five Girls” (1962), “Cowboy Kate and Other Stories” explored a fresh approach to photographing the nude female figure and contained important first explorations with black-and-white printing, cropping and book design. A landmark, iconic book of the 1960s, it sold roughly a million copies worldwide and won the Prix Nadar in France in 1964. It continues to influence contemporary photographers, film makers, fashion designers and make-up artists today and in 2005 the International Center of Photography in New York included the book in their exhibition The Open Book: A History of the Photographic Book from 1878 to the Present.

This is an early English reprint from 1968.

Sam Haskins was a British photographer, born and raised in South Africa. He started his photographic career in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1968 where he worked as a commercial photographer. Haskins is best known for his contribution to nude photography, in-camera image montage, and his books, the most influential of which were Five Girls (1962), Cowboy Kate (1964) and Haskins Posters (1973). Haskins moved to Australia in the early 2000s where he remained until his passing in 2009.

* Condition: Very Good (light shelf wear to spine, light tanning otherwise a nice, clean copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Sam Haskins - Cowboy Kate & Other Stories
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