Sexual, women empowering, kinky, beautiful, dangerous, erotic, stylish, controversial, luxurious, surrealistic, twisted, bold. These are some of the adjectives that come to mind when looking at Helmut Newton’s photography work. It is like looking at something beautiful but at the same time having the feeling that you shouldn’t be looking at it.
Hired by French Vogue in the 50s he became one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century making a lasting impression on fashion imagery through is controversial work that depicted and celebrated powerful women and female sexual power. Apart from French Vogue he worked with publications such as the Vanity Fair, Elle and Playboy or fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent.
Apart from his first and famous publication: White Women Helmut Newton’s work is celebrated in various publications but the books from Taschen are essential: ‘Sex & Landscapes’, ‘World without Men’ and ‘Helmut Newton SUMO’.