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Helmut Newton: Portraits [Hardcover]

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Item description for Helmut Newton: Portraits by Klaus Honnef & Helmut Newton...

Newton's collection of portraits from the worlds of film, fashion, politics and culture can be considered a pantheon of VIP's. But his work is a lot more besides. From his portraits, one can see that he would have most liked to be a Roman paparazzo -- as he once admitted. Anyone who had a portrait made by him knew what the result would be, and by the 1980's there were absolutely no 'beautiful people' in this world who did not want to be photographed by him! In front of his camera, both men and women peeled off their covers -- literally as well as figuratively. His brilliant staged creations celebrate the attractiveness and prominence of his models as well as their vanity and imperfections. Newton's top-quality work for major fashion journals and elitist art magazines is likewise first-class erotic art. This collection was first published by us in 1985.

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   3.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   Schirmer Art Books
ISBN  382960131X  
ISBN13  9783829601313  

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Klaus Honnef is honorary professor of photography theory at the Kassel Art Academy. He was one of the organizers of documenta 5 and documenta 6 in Kassel, and has been the curator of more than 500 exhibitions in Germany and abroad. He has written numerous books, including TASCHEN's "Contemporary Art "(1988), "Andy Warhol "(1989), and "Pop Art" (2004).

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Magnificent Portraits  Jul 20, 2008
One of the better of the Helmut Newton collection of portraits. Was wonderfully surprised. Vendor was great and got product here on time and in top condition. Couldn't ask for more.
Fantastic!  Apr 20, 2007
What can I say. Photos a really good. But hey, it's NEWTON.
This book also include interview with Helmut. Buy this book and You will see that You don't need super-hiper digital SLR to make good picture. Good pictures born in heads and hearts.
A Unique Collection of Portraits  Jan 20, 2005
The British photographer Sir Anthony Snowdon once said something to the effect that you cannot look at a photograph and identify who shot it. He couldn't have been more wrong about someone like Helmut Newton. You recognize many of his photographs immediately. They are often of women (tall and svelte), they are erotic thought according to Newton not violent, they are often shot at night with available light, and the women are often nude or partially nude. As the photographer says, "I always want more skin." And skin he got, even in portraits. What is fair for the goose works for the gander as well. This collection begins with self-portraits of Newton from 1934 to 1986, and he is nude is several of them in what certainly are not flattering photographs. Additionally, he photographs his wife June naked or near naked as well. (There is a marvelous portrait of her sitting at a table with food and wine in front of her. She is lighting a cigarette and exposing her breasts.) In "June Newton in the metro, Paris 1957" Newton's wife looks straight into the camera's lens. The woman wearing a fur seated next to her is even more interesting. Whether the photograph was posed or not, it has a wonderful candid feel to it. Newton obviously went to great lengths to stage some of these shots, however. The two portraits of Nastassia Kinski with the Marlene Deitrich doll are perfect examples. He apparently had favorite models as there are several photographs over a period of time of both Paloma Picasso and Charlotte Rampling. The environment is important in many of these portraits. These people, many of them celebrities, are often posed in elaborate, rich but relevant settings. For example, Mr. Newton would photograph American models only in front of American automobiles, never a French or German car. He would reserve those automobiles for French and German models.

While most of these portraits are of celebrities and women, that is not always the case. There are fine portraits of unknown people and of men as well. For instance the portrait of "Female train engineers and a policewoman (left), Houston, Texas 1985" is as intriguing as anything in this book. Likewise, there are great photographs of Helmut Berger nude as well as Jack Nicholson, Prince Rainier and his friends et al.

In addition to his own self-portraits, other photographs here certainly do not flatter their subject: an extreme closeup of Debra Winger, for instance. A few of them are in color: the sexy photograph of the singer Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren and, of course, the color shot of the bejewelled Elizabeth Taylor up to her neck in a swimming pool with a parrot clutching her finger-- and we thought there was no new way to pose one of the most photographed women of all time. Some of these shots are beautifully lit. The portrait of Paloma Picasso and Rafael Sanchez Lopez is an equisite study of gradations of grays and has a beautiful formal feel to it.

Mr. Newton, genius that he was, appears to be most down to earth. He shuns the idea of the photographer as artist as well as that the photographer can take a "psychological" portrait in the short time his subject is before him, a statement with which another great, Richard Avedon, would be in agreement. Newton understood that a camera should not be used as a "weapon to violate people."

There is no rule that says you have to like someone to appreciate his work. On the other hand, it doesn't interfere with your admiration either. Certainly that's true of Mr. Newton.

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