Author(s): Francoise Marquet
Agent provocateur: Top shots from Helmut NewtonHelmut Newton (1920 2004) is remembered as one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century, channeling the sensuality and erotic power of his subjects with panache, precision, and impact. His aesthetic was uniquely his as much as it established a new image system for fashion and glamour.Joining TASCHEN s illustrious collection of Helmut Newton titles, including Helmut Newton Polaroids, Pages from the Glossies, and the spectacular Helmut Newton SUMO, this fresh edition of Helmut Newton: Work spans the stretch of Newton s career, with some of his most striking shots from the 60s through to his golden heyday. From shadowy street to hotel boudoir, it s a collection that showcases Newton s suggestive storytelling throughout his fashion, editorial, or personal pictures.Celebrity faces are there, caught in candid moments; Helmut s wife June lights a cigarette across the table; a bejewelled hand grabs a wodge of dollar notes; and the big nudes march on, in all their statuesque glory.Text in English, French, and German"
Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. He first achieved international fame in the 1970s while working principally for French Vogue, and became celebrated for his controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions in street or interior settings, rather than studios. His many titles and awards included Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.Francoise Marquet established a photographic department at the Musee 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, Jeanloup Sieff, Jan Saudek, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. In 1997 she was appointed to the Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.