Nude bride on her bike, Circa 1975

by Sam Haskins

Photography : silver print, fine art print 38 x 30.6 cm


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Numbered and limited to 4 copies

1 copy available


Not Signed


Sold with certificate of Authenticity from the artist

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Photography: silver print, fine art print

Dimensions cm inch

38 x 30.6 cm Height x Width x Depth


Not framed

Artwork sold in perfect condition

Origin: Australia

Vintage silver gelatin print, 1975


To the best of our knowledge, only three other unsigned silver gelatin prints exist.


This Sam Haskins work is sourced directly from The Sam Haskins Estate, which is run by the artist’s son. Born in 1955, Ludwig provides a living link with the entire history of Sam’s career.

With a handful of exceptions, Haskins did all his own printing for his creative work. He also passed away (2009) with only 2.5% of his archive signed. The Haskins archive is characterised by a very broad creative range, including many iconic works. Still, there is only a very small number of silver gelatin prints for each image (typically 1-3 copies, sometimes a few more), so signed works are especially rare. Sam Haskins built his reputation on his legendary books, which meant he originally printed to make maquettes (4 for each 60’s title) for presentation to publishers, not to produce stock for the print market. In other words, Sam Haskins silver gelatine are organically hyper-limited, there are no ‘editions’ of his vintage black and white work.

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The Sam Haskins Estate, uniquely amongst the estates of leading photographers, provides a free pigment print, an archival quality open edition copy, of each silver gelatin print sold through its primary market outlets.

This obviously offers a great deal of flexibility to collectors, art lovers and investors alike and has proved to be very popular. The copy print is produced to archival standards on heavy 315gsm Hahnemühle Cotton Rag Baryta paper (61cm x 57.5cm). It is also certified by the Sam Haskins Estate to the same high standards as the vintage works using their unique PIN (Print Identification Number) Certificates.

These copy prints are designed for ownership flexibility from an art-loving perspective, they are not intended as investments, but not unsurprisingly - given the high quality - their value in the secondary market has steadily risen above the price normally charged by the estate for these contemporary prints.
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Sam Haskins, Nude bride on her bike
Sam Haskins

Sam Haskins

United Kingdom  • 1926  - 2009


Sam Haskins (1926-2009) is a pervasive global influence in creative, figure, glamour, fashion and advertising photography. He never courted the fashion glossies, but in the last 6 years of his active shooting career (from the age of 77-83), they courted him. In 2000 Vogue and Harper's Bazaar finally woke up and started working with the quiet genius who had been influencing their shooters for decades.

Sam studied fine art and illustration in Johannesburg and photography at the Bolt Court School in London (1949-1961), later becoming the London College of Printing. As a young busy advertising photographer in Johannesburg from the late fifties and through the sixties he spent his evenings working on his own creative projects, four seminal books, which, despite - or maybe because of - the geographical isolation, went on to become international best sellers and played a crucial role in defining the style of the sixties. Even to this day, Sam's books are on the coffee tables of the world's most influential creative figures across multiple artistic disciplines.

Haskins grew up in extreme poverty in rural South Africa and saw art as a hugely inspiring escape from the strictures of a repressive religion and the provincial values of his birth nation. With no local museums or galleries, the art came to him in his isolated hometown, Kroonstad, in the form of the circus and comics plus he made his own kites, magic tricks and drawing. Later, when the family moved to Johannesburg, he routinely played truant from school to spend the day immersing himself in art through the books in Johannesburg's municipal library. 

London had a significant influence on Haskins as a student. There was still post-war food rationing and a lot of bomb damage, but the excitement of London's cultural life, the museums and the energy around the Festival of Britain created a lasting love not just of London but of Europe in general. When the apartheid regime started to hunt down liberal artists and ban their work, he had no choice but to leave in 1968, with a close call between New York and London as destinations.

He remained highly eclectic in his artistic passions throughout his life and always urged those he mentored to absorb a wide range of art and culture,  not just photography.

He is most famous for his books on figure photography, 'Five Girls' 1962, 'Cowboy Kate & Other Stories' 1964, 'November Girl' 1967, which established him as a unique creative voice in photography and a leading master of a difficult genre with very few top exponents. Crucially it also cemented his reputation for fresh thinking and craftsmanship at every step of the photographic process, from set building to lighting to printing.

While the figure work won awards and fans around the world, there were two other books, 'African Image' 1967 and 'Sam Haskins a Bologna' 1984, which showed a set of profoundly poetic musing on a matrix of life issues: secular and spiritual tensions, duty, sacrifice, love, art, dreams, fear and isolation which he really could only express through photography.

The finely crafted beauty in Haskins's work is often infused with complex longings, which may well be part of the reason for its lasting power and popularity, especially among women.

Because he printed to make book maquettes, not to cater to a print collecting market, which barely existed in the sixties, his vintage and later silver gelatin works are exceedingly rare. His prolific artistic nature produced many different images but only a few copies of each image, which is a collector's dream. If you own a Sam Haskins silver gelatin print, be it true vintage or later, you own something which is not only historic and beautiful but which is also exceedingly rare. 'Rare' in this instance means typically 1-3 copies, occasionally up to 12.

The Sam Haskins Estate is now managed by his son Ludwig.

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