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Sam Haskins : Cowboy Kate & Other Stories


‘Once upon a time was Kate. She was white as flowers, warm as sun-shine, wild as whiskey and swinging like a lamp.’ – Desmond Skirrow Atlas Gallery presents a selection of cinematic black and white prints from the historic photobook Cowboy Kate & Other Stories (1964) shot by South African-British photographer Sam Haskins. Haskins and his wife Alida dreamt up the spirited Cowboy Kate after a model playfully posed in Haskins’ studio with her own black suede hat. Haskins’ dynamic photographs tell the tale of Kate’s youthful adventures fighting for justice in the Old West as she leaps lightly from page to page with a spring in her step. Cowboy Kate is a benchmark in the history of photography. Executing his photographs with technical and directorial mastery, Haskin’s cinematic approach and sensitivity to his subject matter made the book one of the most original photographic developments of the Sixties. It was the first photo book ever to offer a purely visual fictional narrative, and in doing so turned an unknown model into a fashion industry icon. Located within a traditional […]

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