Style and technique of the artist: Photography,
|Helmut Newton Bibliography. a selection (links redirect to amazon.com)
Helmut Newton: Sumo. SUMO is a titanic book in every respect: a 480-page tribute to the 20th century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer, breaking records for weight and dimensions. Fifty people worked with Helmut and June Newton for three years to complete a book that weighed 30kg (66lbs). But size wasn’t everything. Control and quality - printing, paper, binding - were all critical in making SUMO a worldwide publishing sensation, which is in many famous collections all around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Helmut Newton: Polaroids. Polaroids occupy a special place in the hearts of many photo enthusiasts who remember a time when “instant photography” meant a one-of-a-kind prints that developed within minutes of clicking the shutter. What was once a crucial tool for photographers to test their shots before shooting on film has now become obsolete in the face of digital photography. Luckily for us, legendary photographer Helmut Newton saved his test Polaroids, allowing a privileged and rare chance to see the tests from a selection of his greatest shoots over a period of decades, including many from the TASCHEN titles SUMO, A Gun for Hire, and Work. Put together by his widow, June Newton, his collection captures the magic of Helmut Newton photo shoots as only Polaroids can.
Helmut Newton: Big Nudes. With his Big Nudes, in the 1980s Helmut Newton created a quite unprecedented long-term bestseller. Simultaneously, it provided a concentrated image of his aesthetic agenda. Powerful women were presented in all their naked truth without fig leaves or fashion frills. This series of black-and-white photos, produced between 1979 and 1981, also marked a stylistic change in Newton’s work. Elaborate layouts full of luxury and decadence gave way to an unambiguously formulated and monumental statement “Here they come!” Dressed only in their indispensable high heels, Newton’s amazons selfconfidently paraded on show. They rippled their muscles and marched individually as well as in formation toward the observer. Helmut Newton’s classic work was published by us in 1990 for the first time.
Playboy: Helmut Newton. Following Playboy’s celebrated fiftieth anniversary Photographs and Cartoons comes an arresting retrospective of Helmut Newton, one of the 20th century’s most influential photographers. Renowned for his carefully composed, almost cinematic shots, Newton’s signature style makes for a dramatic counterpoint to the Playboy nudes known the world over. Collected between shimmering metallic covers are more than 150 color and black and white photographs. Here we see Newton’s take on Playmates in Los Angeles, Nastassja Kinski playing out a fantasy with a doppelgnger doll, a Lolita-esque travelog, and more. With a foreword by Hugh M. Hefner, an introduction by celebrated writer Walter Abish, and an afterword by Playboy’s director of photography for the past 30 years, Gary Cole, Playboy: Helmut Newton is the definitive book of Newton nudes.
newton, 83, was pulling out of a parking lot at the chateau marmont
hotel just off sunset boulevard in los angeles at about noon when
he lost control of the cadillac he was driving and crashed into a wall.
newton has always been very much more than a fashion photographer – he has fundamentally changed the terms of the fashion image.
take yves saint laurent’s ‘le smoking’.
when, in 1966, saint laurent sent out a model in a man’s suit,
with the aim of freeing women from the trappings of feminine,
frilly dresses, he caused an almighty scandal…
Newton (1920–2004) survived Nazi Germany as a self-supporting, nomadic teenager to emerge a world-renowned photographer. His images moved beyond the accepted standard of how females could
Helmut Newton interview
I was a contributor for Playboy for nineteen years. Now I think my work may be too kinky for Playboy. They’re nice people, very generous and understanding. My relationship with them was always quite good. But the man in charge in Chicago once wrote me a very formal letter, saying, “Helmut, you haven’t worked for us for such a long time. Do something for us … but nothing as kinky as what you do for French Vogue.”