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Helmut Newton: SUMO, Revised by June Newton Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 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 (67 customer reviews)
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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.

About the Author

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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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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Helmut Newton's autobiography is a real delight, and must also be the cheapest Helmut Newton book to be made available anywhere. For someone who hated school and failed to reach his parents' expectations he is an exceptional writer. But more than this the book is an inspiration for anyone who seriously is considering a career in photography.

This is because despite various hardships, brought on largely by Nazi anti-Semitism and persecution which murdered his uncle, and also his original employer a photographer called Yva Newton remains positive. He doesn't dwell on the horrors, and the hardships of internment as a stateless alien in Australia followed by four years of military service in the Australian forces. Instead he describes in great detail how he 'laid' his way across Europe, Asia and 'down under' before meeting his beloved wife June Browne, [who is also takes photographs professionally under the pseudonym Alice Springs].

The couples' sometimes tempestuous, but always loving relationship reveals the strains that a photographer's lifestyle can place upon a relationship.

As the book progresses Newton leaves Australia with June to work for London Vogue. "My pictures were a disaster", he writes.

Subsequently the couple settled in Paris where they struggled to make ends meet, even though Newton was regularly employed by French Vogue, as well as Elle and other publications. Nevertheless sometimes he also was forced to go to Berlin to photograph collections for very little return,

The couple vacillated about whether to live in Australia or Europe. In Australia Newton's career was successful and his finances were stronger, but to be in the first rung of photography he needed to be either in Europe or the USA.
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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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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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Helmut Newton is a landmark, and this book published by Taschen is also a landmark of the book publishing in the 20 century, it was the most expensive and largest book published by the year 2000, in it's original limited editon form sold by auction in Berlin. This book is re-editet by Aalice Springs (June Newton) his wife and is the trade edition. This is delivered together with a plexi-glass book holder
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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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Format: Hardcover
The SUMO is too big and too expensive for you, this is the one! The same pictures, but in an affordable format. It is also much easier to handle and to look at. Beautifully printed by EBS in Italy. The best choice if you want to have only one Newton book.
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Enormous book full of Helmut Newton's iconic photos. It weighs a lot and comes with its own stand which is perfect for taking the whole afternoon to go through it.
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