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Helmut Newton: Best of Helmut Newton (Schirmer art books on art, photography & erotics) [Paperback]

Helmut Newton , June Newton , Felix Zdenek
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH (31 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3888146356
  • ISBN-13: 978-3888146350
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent view into Helmut Newton's work 24 July 2009
A very good view into the work of Helmut Newton.
Going through the book, I could appreciate what he was attempting to portray in each image. You need to have an open mind to envisage what his objective is. It is never clear cut, but it does open your own mind to a different perspective on life, art and photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Broader work from Newton than we usually see 11 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I remember Helmut Newton's legendary black and white nudes back in the '80s, when I was self-teaching myself photography, which I now do semi professionally. They were often in camera magazines and technical books on photography. I'd not owned any books with solely his work in.

I had eyed up some of his other books, but they can be really costly and so, this softback (as I prefer to call it) at quite a very reasonable price came up, I thought "yes".

I have books by David Bailey and Edward Weston and other books on portraiture and nudes but I'm not going to suddenly say what you're maybe wanting, or expecting me to say. No, it's not better, but is as good as those, but different, of course.

I didn't know, for instance that the Berlin-born Newton cut his teeth on Vogue. We (photographers) all know that the British equivalents, of Bailey and Terrence Donovan did and similarly, Newton snapped the stars and the famous in London and Paris in the early '70s. On the cover of the book is Jodie Foster, looking very art deco - other big names included are Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Debra Winger and Isabella Rossellini with (husband) David Lynch.

The infamous high-heeled dominatrix type of shot that became his trademark are fairly well represented, though some will want more - many (who won't be considering buying this book) won't. They're still photographs that you don't just show around - you don't leave this one on the coffee table where kids and auntie Flo might want a peek. As such, they still have the power to at least raise questions, at extremes, shock.

The first 26 pages are of Newton's biography. The book doesn't run chronologically, plate-wise, but flow nicely. There's an exhibition list at the back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some pictures are for fans of Newton. 7 July 2013
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A little on the dark side, but still impressive.I did not like some of the pictures, but others are great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Female Dominance in Sexual Symbolism 7 Feb 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
"My women are always victorious." -- Helmut Newton
This collection of Helmut Newton's work casts a special focus on his harder edge images of women as sexually domineering and manipulative. Among the fetishes and voyeuristic images are some wonderful portraits of women, as well. The book is an interesting study in how strongly the personality of the model can be injected into a portrait, especially by the objects chosen, the setting, and the way clothes are worn. The essays do an excellent job of developing your understanding of his methods.
Before going further, please be aware that these images contain much female nudity in sexual situations and one male nude. If these images were in a motion picture, some would undoubtedly go beyond an "R" rating. Many of these images are not appropriate for children, in my view.
Many people think of Helmut Newton as a fashion photographer. These images focus instead on the timelessness of the female personality and role in "overcoming the other." "The clothes . . . only have one purpose: to insufficiently conceal the long, slender female bodies . . . [which] lack innocence." In each case, the women are "defiant."
I found his more playful images, rather than his darker side, the most rewarding. I especially liked "Sie Kommon" where the same scene is done first as dressed and then as naked. It is a stunning set of facing pages. In many other images, he appears in the photograph while taking it. Yet in other cases, the model is juxtaposed against a background object that creates a moderately sexual joke.
I graded the book down one star for overrepresenting the sexual dominance theme at the expense of Newton's other styles, since this is a "best of" book by its title. The sexual dominance images are often highly repetitive, and sometimes not particularly appealing in any way -- even as abstract compositions.
Here are my favorites in the book:
British "Vogue", London 1967 (images 3 and 4)
Tan Giudirelli for Mic-Mac, Paris 1970
French "Vogue", Paris 1975
"Sie Kommon", Dressed and Naked 1981
Jodie Foster, Hollywood 1987 (jacket cover image)
Leni Riefenstahl, near Munich 1992
Big Nude II, Paris 1980
Study for Voyeurism, Los Angeles 1989
Helmut Berger, Beverly Hills 1984
Skull and diamond necklace, Paris 1979
Andy Warhol, Paris 1974
Crocodile eating ballerina, Wuppertai 1983
After you enjoy this book, think about what you believe about women that makes these images work or not work well for you. Where do you detect "truth" and where does the image seem "made up" to you? In particular, is life this sexually tinted?
Then imagine how you would have to change these photographs in order to create feelings of love, peace, and progress. How would you benefit or not benefit from such images as compared to these?
Should the person describing the world have an agenda, or a slant . . . or simply seek to reveal the underlying overall truth that is already there?
Which one of these (if any) is Newton doing?
Overcome your stalled thinking that what you see is literally what it seems to be. This book will help you with that.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best 22 May 2008
By Louis - Published on Amazon.com
A collection of Newton's most famous photos, with an introduction in the form of short essays by Noemi Smolik and Urs Stahel. Contains a total of 104 full page plates of both his b&w and colour work. If you buy only one book on Newton, this would likely be a good choice.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... 30 Mar 2000
By yygsgsdrassil - Published on Amazon.com
Don't believe the nay sayers. These are stunning photos and shoots of the so called "big nudes", the celebrities and the notorious from the fifties to the eighties. A pictorial history like no other, drenched in helmut newton's decadent/art-nouveau style, it has jaw dropping scenarios with beautiful models. Like I said elsewhere, Leibowitz, Ritts, Scavullo, helmut newton. They will open your senses...
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This collection comes off as something less than artistic. 3 Sep 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
When dealing with photography of the nude, one must always be careful that he doesn't cross the line into pornography. Whereas Weston's photographs were great studies in form and composition, Newton's photographs show dolled up women, virtually always in high heels, and appear to have implants. The only thing that separates this from a playboy layout is that it's in black and white
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Best of...? 14 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The title "Best of..." reminds me of something cheezy in the audio world, but in this case as well as this book. I can't believe Helmut Newton would agree to publish this kind of quality (or lack of). This book looks like earlier works that were hacked from the cut or an porfolio deemed unworthy for professional world. Sorry, "The Best of..." just isn't.
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