The magic of fashion
Helmut Newton on the major fashion magazines
Helmut Newton, master of fashion photography of the late twentieth century, has always considered the printed paper as its primary means of working. It was just part of an assignment editorial or advertising, he said, he found the right inspiration and created his best shots.
The new volume from the Pages Glossies, which collects the most interesting and famous works by Helmut Newton for the European and American magazines, it should thus be added to the prestigious list of stocks that Taschen has dedicated to the great photographer, including Sex and Landscapes, World Without Men, and the coveted Helmut Newton’s SUMO. Facsimiles of over 500 original pictures to double page from publications such as Elle, Amica, but especially Vogue, highlight the incessant ability to Newton to go beyond the boundaries of the genre, showing the interaction of its unique shots and bold with ‘ layout and typographical choices.
The images are also complemented by a series of vivid anecdotes in which Newton recalled the sources of inspiration and the behind the scenes of some of his most memorable. We follow him as select models, sets up a set with the captain of a nuclear submarine, is working with Anna Wintour or negotiate between different cultural approaches to nude photography.
Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he landed in Australia in 1940 and eight years later he married June Brunell (aka Alice Springs). The international fame came in the ’70s, when he worked mainly for the French edition of Vogue, and only increased in subsequent decades. Rather than in the studio, Newton preferred to shoot indoors or on the street. Environments controversial, bold lighting and compositions effect soon became his trademark. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie; in 1992 the German government awarded him the Grosse Verdienstkreuz for his services to German culture, and he was appointed Officer des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996 he was appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, then Minister of French culture. Until his death at age 83, has lived and worked closely with his wife, creating images today than ever unique, enticing and original.
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