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Helmut Newton Work

Helmut Newton Work

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by Helmet Newton (Photographer), Manfred Heiting (Editor), Francoise Marquet

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The man who loved women: An overview of Newton's provocative, groundbreaking photography that has inspired an entire genre

The world of Helmut Newton is extremely complex and diverse. Considered shocking and provocative back in the 60s, by the climax of his career he enjoyed the reputation of a photographer who was able to imagine and visualize his


The man who loved women: An overview of Newton's provocative, groundbreaking photography that has inspired an entire genre

The world of Helmut Newton is extremely complex and diverse. Considered shocking and provocative back in the 60s, by the climax of his career he enjoyed the reputation of a photographer who was able to imagine and visualize his subjects as women who take the lead rather than follow it; women who enjoy the resplendence and vitality of their bodies; women who are both responsible and willing. This book presents a whole spectrum of Newton’s work and celebrates the long career of this outstanding and prolific photographer.

Text in English, French, and German

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Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades. Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix national de la photographie; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and orginal as ever.

Manfred Heiting is an internationally acknowledged expert on and collector of photographs and books, who divides his time between Amsterdam and Malibu. He is a founder-member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Council and a member of the supervisory board of the Herb Ritts Foundation, both located in Los Angeles. He is editor of Deutschland im Fotobuch (2011) and co-editor of Autopsie: Deutschsprachige Fotobücher 1918-1945 (2012).

Françoise Marquet established a photographic department at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1981, acquiring the works and organising retrospectives of Duane Michals, Herbert List, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Helmut Newton (1985), Jeanloup Sieff, Jan Saudek, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. In 1997 she was appointed to the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.

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Helmut Newton: Work 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helmut Newton. A legend. Acclaimed photographer. An artist. This book is a collection of the most stunning photographs by Newton. One can point out that his genius is quite visible in pop-culture even after his death. Some of the photographs (if not all of them) became significant inspirations for well-known advertisers, marketers, and designers. Newton¿s artistic sixth sense is easily detectable in contemporary advertisements from fashion moguls like Tom Ford. This book conveys sophistication and paramount aesthetics. Newton skillfully plays with the role a modern woman plays in our society. Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi!
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Mr. Helmut Newton's work continues to have the ability to shock, and this exhibition catalog from the recent 80th birthday celebration show at the German Center of Photography at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will definitely get your attention. The images contain many new and previously unpublished works by Mr. Newton. For those who like his aggressive and humorous views of women as leaders in sexual fantasy, this book is a must. For those who like his close-ups of faces more, this book will be a disappointment. Before going further, let me mention (as the jacket cover images certainly suggest) that this book is rife with female nudity in sexual situations of an extreme nature. I suspect it would be hard to get this book rated as an 'R' if it were a motion picture. The book is inappropriate for children, so make your purchase decision accordingly. The essays in the book are the best part. I thought they captured the spirit of Mr. Newton's work especially well. Here are a few key phrases about the subject matter of his work that I liked and found particularly apt: 'women who take the lead;' 'women who love and desire;' 'women who are both responsible and willing;' and 'imagination and reality merge.' Mr. Newton was born in Berlin in 1920 and had to leave with his parents to escape persecution by the Nazis in 1938. It is very fitting that this show be held in Berlin, and that it contain some very wonderful images he shot in Berlin of women just before the Wall came down there. He does not add much to his work to help you understand it. His view is that 'a photographer . . . should be seen and not heard.' His messages are very overt, so I think you see what he had in mind. The works displayed here are primarily his female nudes and sexual fantasies. These involve female nudes in both domestic and public situations (as well as ones where they are treated like objects, such as the woman hanging from the wall like a part in an auto assembly plant), contrasts with clothed women (using the same models), as participants with mannequins (evoking the famous Newton humor), and as contrasts between the use of color and not for the same scenes. The brilliant part of this book is its design. Facing pages always present a problem for photography book designers. What should be the relationship? In almost all cases, the facing pages here dialogue powerfully with one another and add to your understanding of each image. There are also some stunning color montages that could keep you occupied looking at them for hours. Some viewers will be offended by the most extreme of the images that display women as objects. These are meant to be criticisms of that perspective, so they are meant to offend. Offend they will. To me, the most powerful is a woman hunched over on a bed facing down with a saddle on her back. Of course, some may be even more affected by seeing the carefully posed statements employing his wife, Ms. June Newton, the show's curator, as the unclad model. Many of my favorite images of his were missing from the book. Among my favorites available here include: Chatillon Mouly Roussel & Dormeuil, French Vogue, Paris, 1979; Pierre Cardin, French Vogue, Theoule, France, 1992; Faye Dunaway, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles, 1987; Ralph Fuentes, Vanity Fair, Venice, Italy, 1995; Walking Women (clad and unclad), Vanity Fair, Paris, 1981; and Sie kommen (clad and unclad), Vanity Fair, Paris, 1981. To me, Mr. Newton's greatest genius is in his ability to capture the personality of the model. This draws him in closer to the subject, and his aim is unerring. I missed seeing more of his portraits in this volume. The editor deserves commendation for including some of each of Mr. Newton's many experimental styles. His virtuousity with technique has not been shown in one volume before. The quality of the paper and reproduction are outstanding, and you will be very pleased with the re