The Photography of Helmut Newton

9 Apr

Helmut Newton is a famous photographer who primarily specialized in fashion photography early on but later became well known for his portraits of nude women. Some photos in this post might be NSFW.

Newton was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920 and was of German -Jewish descent. His father who owned a button factory, lost control of the factory after the Nuremberg laws were set into place. By 1938 being a Jew in Germany things started falling apart for the family. After his father lost his job and they decided to leave Germany and go to China. While in Singapore, Helmut Newton got his first job interning in portrait photography.

After traveling to Australia, joining their army, getting married and having his first joint exhibit in 1958, he went to Paris to work for French Vogue and Harpers’s Baazar.

Catherine Deneuve


He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes, often with sado-masochistic and fetishistic subtexts and his “Big Nudes” series in the 1980′s marked the pinnacle of his erotic-urban style.

David Lynch and Isabella Rosselini

Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

Ten years ago, publisher Benedikt Taschen persuaded Helmut Newton to agree to produce a gigantic book with a print run of 10,000 copies, all signed by the photographer. Here is the video with photographs from Helmut Newton’s ‘Sumo’.  Some photos shown in video might be deemed NSFW.

You can buy Helmut Newton’s Sumo here

Some interesting Helmut Newton Quotes

I hate good taste. It’s the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain

I like girls who are just starting. They have not been formed, they have no routine, they have not been in front of the camera.

The photographs don’t arouse me. All I can think about is the hard work it took to make them.

Some people’s photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already.

The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to.

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