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Cowboy Kate and Other Stories: Director's Cut Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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"Cowboy Kate and other stories by Sam Haskins is one sexy coffee table book." -- 12/15/06 BRAVO TV
"The update gives new life to the Haskins's enchanting and grainy ode to the female form, making it a must-have for photography and fashion lovers alike". -- Mar07 DEPARTURES
"When photographer Sam Haskins published his most famous book, Cowboy Kate and Other Stories, in 1964, it was a pioneering work, blending an extended visual narrative with an artful use of black-and-white tones and subtly erotic, peek-a-boo nudity. First published in Europe, the book sold out several international editions, went out of print in the late 1960s, and became prized as a collector's item."
But this fall Cowboy Kate is back: Rizzoli has brought out a "Director's Cut" version of the book, complete with digitally restored plates and several never-seen images that Haskins has added to the mix. American Photo recently talked with the 81-year-old photographer -- who began his career in London and now lives in Australia -- about the new Cowboy Kate, modern times, and his varied career in photography -- Oct06 PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS
-- "...remains one of the most coveted, collected and influential photography books of the swinging '60s...includes previously unpublished photographs selected by Haskins himself." -- Nov06 PAPERCITY MAGAZINE HOUSTON
American Photo's David Schonauer writes, "My second award goes to New York magazine, (cover date: August 28), which ran a brilliant fashion feature on page 76, shot by the famed 1960s photographer Sam Haskins. The story is called "Honey, Can I Borrow This?" and it's about men's clothes that chic women like to wear. The images are sexy, sophisticated, and in a class by themselves. Congratulations to photography director Jody Quon. See Haskins's pictures here.Incidentally, this fall Rizzoli books is bringing out a new version of Haskin's famed book Cowboy Kate and Other Stories. First published in 1964, the original is now a pricey collectors item. The new version is called a "Director's Cut," and it's priced at $45". -- Sep06 NEW YORK MAGAZINE
".....finding a certain comfort and familiarity in the heft and subtle texture of the cover and gilded lettering." -- SHELTER INTERIORS, April, 2007
"....Part memoir, part how-to-guide, this work invites you into Cater's homes... -- TOWN & COUNTRY, December, 2006
"This beautiful book is chock-full of the peeling and romantic furnishings, books and mementos Carter surrounds herself with." -- PAPERCITY MAGAZINE HOUSTON, November, 2006
About the Author
Sam Haskins has seven best-selling books to his credit: Five Girls, Cowboy Kate (Prix Nadar, 1964), African Image, November Girl, Haskins Posters (Gold Medal of the New York Art Directors Club, 1973), Photo Graphics (Kodak Book of the Year, 1980), and Haskins a Bologna. Haskins will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, in December 2006. Philippe Garner is a specialist in photography and director at Christies in London. Norman Hall, a highly respected writer on photography, wrote the original introduction.
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This book is filled with vintage erotic photography. By vintage I mean the 60's and by erotic, I don't really mean erotic at all. The images are all black and white, usually very high contrast and grain... a style that I have always loved. The images will undoubtedly come off as alluring and sexual because of the beautiful women and nudity. It comes off very sexual at times, but I believe that it was done in such a way that it can't even really be deemed "erotic" Haskins approached the subjects in such a noble way, it dodges the overly graphic, and often blatantly pornographic erotic books that many of us are used to seeing in the art books section. They are simply beautiful images that deserve long, appreciative looks. The photographs for me are absolutely timeless. Many can probably conclude the general time period in which they were photographed, but it still remains (to me) as fresh as anything that might have been photographed yesterday without the addition of the sex drive requirements that seem to be the standard these days.
There are a few different bodies of work included in this book. My favorite is probably Cowboy Kate (cover image) but the other images also show for themselves. In a way, the bodies of work speak as a narrative... not so much frame to frame, but it tells a story as a whole. The girls are obviously comfortable in front of the camera, often playful and extroverted. Everything feels very natural and nothing seems forced. It doesn't feel like a photo shoot captured and laid out in a book for consumers.
Unfortunately a few of my favorite Haskins photographs are not included in this book, but there are many others that make up for it. A great book to own. Get it before it goes out of print (again).
Sam Haskins is a genius with a camera and Kate is the very definition of unabashed. I'm not entirely sure which one to be jealous of but for now I'll be content to study Sam's brilliant work as a photographer. Classic doesn't even begin to cover it. Come to think of it, "brilliant" doesn't seem enough to be said either.
Of note as well is the storytelling to go along with the photographs, especially the story of Kate. Sparse in words but rich imagery.