November Girl (1967) was the final book in the seminal trilogy of figure photography books produced by Sam Haskins (1926-2009), who played a leading role in defining the photography and style of the 1960s.
Sam, a highly successful studio photographer based first in South Africa and then in London, devoted much of his spare time to creating his art. In 1962, he published Five Girls, liberating the nude from cliché and merging a sense of celebratory fun in the studio with cutting edge black-and-white photography. Sam’s next book, Cowboy Kate (1964), became an iconic work of the ‘60s. Probably the best-selling photo book of all time (over one million copies sold), today it is more referenced than ever.
November Girl, which followed three years after Kate, is in many ways Sam’s great overlooked masterpiece. Although some gallery owners declare it to be their favorite photo book of all time and collectors treasure their copies, it remains hidden from a wider audience. November Girl took the creative ideas and techniques—conscious use of grain, montage and radical page layout—from the previous two books and fused them into a tight theme/narrative of a young woman pining for a lost love.
With its extraordinary images, November Girl is arguably the greatest body of work produced by Sam Haskins during the most important decade of his career.
For the first time, Sam Haskins’ estate is releasing four vintage prints for sale. Unfortunately, Sam died suddenly and left virtually all his vintage prints unsigned. However these extremely rare prints (three or less copies per image in existence—excluding book maquettes and book printers’ proofs) are certified. They represent an opportunity to acquire extraordinary images and to make a great investment in 20th-century photographic art.
Affordable contemporary pigment prints are also available in two sizes; a handful of signed November Girl pigment prints from 2009 are also available.