Photo by Sam Haskins
The playful, undeniably sexy photographs of South African photographer Sam Haskins transcended traditional views of nudes when they came onto the scene in the 1960s. Now, in a partnership between his estate and Vintage and Modern, an online purveyor of vintage goods, some of his most memorable images from the ’60s and ’70s are on sale through October.
The offerings are notable. Black-and-white photos from Haskins’s first book, Five Girls (1962), did double duty, informing his signature style and bringing nude photography to the artistic fore. Cowboy Kate, published two years later, sold about a million copies and was the first of its kind to use photo narrative exclusively. Whether focused on his obvious visual details or looking deeper into his underscoring philosophy, photographers today continue to draw inspiration from his approach and eye. “Fashion photography and fashion design keep revisiting the ’60s,” says his son, Ludwig Haskins. “Since Sam’s books were part of the broad creative explosion that helped to define that decade, it is natural that his photography is constantly being referenced by contemporary shooters of fashion.” vandm.com.