Helmut Newton has scandalized and intrigued the world for half a century with his provocative photographs and his bad boy persona. Here he presents a candid portrait of himself, revealing a lifetime of adventure and providing compelling insights into the connection between his life and work.
"I started to work for French Vogue in 1961. Right through the sixties I did my utmost to push the sexiest fashion photos on them. I was fresh from the Australian bush, totally instinctively cutting against the terrible blandness of the time."
This book gets its name from 60 unusually dark and cryptic photographs. When Newton opened his "Archives of the Night" in the 90's, gloomy images emerged like flocks of bats. His famous "Domestic Nudes" appeared in pairs and tableaus together with sinister landscapes. Palace architecture was displayed next to morbid vanitas paintings as were bodies cut open from an anatomical museum of wax figures, placed on show alongside a portrait of a Dracula star putting on his make-up. With the Archives, Newton, who decided on the placement of these works himself, showed us his dark side. But at the same time, he was amusing himself with grey areas - also typical for Newton. The juxtaposition of seemingly disparate motifs created new and enigmatic relationships that oscillate between satire and poetry, brutality and gentleness, irony and pathos.
Fashion, editorial, and personal photographs meet in this extensive Helmut Newton portfolio, including some of his most striking shots from the '60s through to his golden heyday. From shadowy streets to hotel boudoir, it's a showcase of Newton's suggestive storytelling and unfailing eye for erotic impact.
Homenaje al fotógrafo más influyente, intrigante y controvertido del siglo XX.
Sumo is a tribute to the twentieth century's most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer. Measuring 50 x 70 cm and weighing approx. 30 kg, the book contains 480 pages, featuring a wide selection of over 400 pictures, most of which are published for the first time, covering every aspect of Newton's outstanding career in photography- from stunning fashion photographs, which pointed the way for generations of photographers, to nudes and celebrity portraits. Each Sumo comes with a table specially designed by Philippe Starck.
A stunning--and shocking--collection of celebrity portraits, including an interview with Helmut Newton as an introduction. Among those portrayed are Andy Warhol, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren and many more. 23 color and 169 black-and-white photographs.