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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Box Har/Bk edition (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836517302
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836517300
  • Product Dimensions: 43.2 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bringing an entirely new slant to the concept of the coffee-table book, SUMO is a suitably enormous homage to 79-year-old Helmut Newton, the master of subversive and erotic photography. "I wanted to build a monument to the most important photographer of the 20th century", commented Benedikt Taschen, the publisher behind SUMO--and that has certainly been achieved. Weighing 30 kg and measuring 50 x 70cm, and breaking any previous record in book publishing, SUMO contains 480 pages covering every aspect of Newton's outstanding career in photography. Each copy of SUMO is bound by hand and numbered and signed by the artist. In order to show this colossus off, designer Philippe Starck has created a unique device for displaying the book at home. This incredible volume contains the body of Newton's controversial yet iconographic work, documenting fashion, fetishism and, above all, an overriding obsession with voyeurism that can make the viewer feel complicit or uneasy by turns. Newton himself describes SUMO as "terrifying and outrageous. I don't even look at it as a book ... I look at it as an object." --Catherine Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades. Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix National for photography; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officer des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and orginal as ever.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Heysen on 25 Oct. 2009
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Eagerly awaited and not disappointed. I have read other reviews criticising the Taschen production quality, and there were a few blemishes, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of the content, which is varied and thought provoking. Its imposing size on the coffee table is a great conversation starter and all my guests who have dared venture past the cover have loved it, despite their occasional reservations and modesty. The nudes (the vast majority of whom are female) are beautiful and tasteful, and universally appealing. Actually very good value as it will be a source of enjoyment for years to come.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 10 Oct. 2009
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At last a version of this marvellous book which doesn't require a huge bookshelf and a large bank balance .And you get a mini version of the original display stand to boot!!What more do you need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tinksfairydust on 19 July 2010
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Absolutely fantastic book. Bought as a birthday present for my husband. Comes with a book stand, which is really needed due to its weight. The ultimate coffee table book. Wonderful photographs, cant recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael J. Atkins on 10 Feb. 2010
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A big book - not as big as the "orginal" but then much less costy. Nice perspex stand (you need it!).

Lost a star for me in some of the photgraphic print quality of some of the pictures.

Inspiring for the up and coming photographer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren G on 6 Feb. 2010
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Absolutely superb book, a must for any photography enthusiast, there is something for everyone and so good to see untouched images and evidence of great printing and photography techniques before digital. The stand makes the Sumo experience all the more special and pleasurable.
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By bleepthewhat on 6 Oct. 2011
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This book is no let down. It is prodominantly B&W with occasional colour shots throughout the book. For me, this book is a must because this guy was a master of composition which you have got to see in print. Helmut Newton doesn't seem to follow rules, the rules seem to follow him. Work dating back to the early seventies. Every shot I'm thinking why do I want to keep looking at this. The first impression I got when seeing this giant heavy book and looking through it was, what a total bargain, the most expensive and largest book I've ever bought and no regrets, an inspiration. It comes with the perspex stand which is just as well for the weight and protecting the spline. Beautiful printing and but for a couple of the photographs, every print has its own page, not split by the centre fold. If you're a photographer, get this book, you are the church and here's your bible. Eats Albert Watson. Just throw in a couple of other recommendations - Simon Annand 'THe Half', and Lillian Bassman ' - B&W, big books, loads of prints, wonderful, bargains)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radu Malu on 7 Jan. 2013
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Great print quality. The only thing I can say is that it is quite a huge book so difficult to handle (not even want to think how to handle the first edition) but, apart from this, good book if you like Helmut Newton.
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By KMN on 15 July 2015
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A must have book for any nude photography fan. The icon that is Helmut Newton... Sumo is the one book you must have. The book is very heavy, but comes with it's own stand, perfect for the coffee table. The quality of the prints and detail is second to none, the gloss paper really brings out the depth to the images... Marvel at the talent that is Helmut Newton in all its glory. Delve into the pages and get lost away by each image telling it's own story and realizing there is so much more than meets the eye. Be inspired by his collection, the way he captures the strength of a woman and the imagination of the viewer.
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