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Sam HASkins

PhotoGRAPHICS

Colucci Edizioni, 1980

Sam Haskins is KING. I fell in love with his work last year when I came across his book African Image, in a bookstore in Paris. I posted some of the images from said book [click here to view] and they have received the most hits on this blog. Its pretty clear that I’m not alone in my appreciation. Tommy Hilfiger collaborated with him last year and the result was Fashion Etcetera, a special edition book collating a broad selection of his work from his expansive career.

I’m in Paris again – if anybody knows of any one bed apartments going do let me know – and I happened on an exhibition of his work at the Libraire Ofr. on rue Dupetit-Thouars after dinner. I was so bloody excited. And scared. I’m weak when it comes to books and try to avoid bookshops. Naturelment, the moment I walked through those doors I knew I’d be leaving a few hundred Euros poorer…

Its a great expo. I wasn’t familiar with his calendar works and they’re hung simply in the gallery space at the back. Bloody gorgeous. I’m not sure why I find that 60s softcore vibe so alluring but I was totally hooked. The compositions are quite extraordinary. And the colours! Its quite evident how influential Mr Haskins has been. You’d be hard put to open up a fashion magazine and not see it. With our reliance on digital photography and Photoshop© its just awe-inspiring how Mr Haskins was ahead of the curve, using old school print techniques to create these lush, graphic photo-montages. And narrative. Each image tells a story. But they’re all interlinked by one precise vision. AMAZING_

SAM HASKINS

Calendars and Other Stories

8 July – 22 August 2010

Ofr Bookshop, Libraire, HQ

20 rue Dupetit-Thouars (Carreau du Temple) 75003

www.ofrsystem.com

I walked away with an original copy of PhotoGraphics and Fashion Etcetera. Now all I need to get my greedy paws on are November Girls, Cowboy Kate and the calendars book.

What better way to usher in the new menswear collections than with a tribute to Oscar Wilde’s  A Picture of Dorian Gray? The novel was reissued Four Corners Books in a magazine format entitled “A Young Man of Extraordinary Personal Beauty”. The cover is in an unusual shade of sky blue but I’ve presented it here in monotone. I treasure it so much that I still keep it in its original cellophane sleeve. The artwork was by Gareth Jones and the book was designed by John Morgan.

Dorian Discarded: Unknown painting that resides in the toilet of the Clark & Reilly Gallery, West London

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Thomas Demand

Nationalgalerie

Thomas Demand has a great name. Demand. Perfect. Thomas takes brilliant photographs. Thomas made my heart stop in the middle of Zwemmer’s on the Charing Cross Road on Wednesday. Thomas surprised me. Thomas’ very beautiful new book posed gracefully for me on my bed this morning. Thomas builds paper models based on images he has seen, moments from the past, snapshots from the media. Thomas then photographs these intricate reconstructions – works of art themselves – and shows them in galleries. Thomas is very talented. I bet Thomas is very handsome. Thomas, will you marry me?

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