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Helmut Newton: SUMO, Revised by June Newton Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009
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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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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.Read more ›
Lost a star for me in some of the photgraphic print quality of some of the pictures.
Inspiring for the up and coming photographer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Arrived earlier than expected, small little book but a good size. Loads of great photos and some writing about the photographer ext..
love it! Defo recommend!
Superb book of Newton's work printed in high quality. This book comes with its own perspex stand which is very useful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trev-R
Went to the Helmut Newton exhibition in Paris in 2012, I wanted to buy the book but it weighed over 20kg and cost alot of money. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A massive collection of photos, B/W and color. Includes portraits, fashion, and nudes. Insightful. Famous faces appear, Grace Jones in all her glory.Published 7 months ago by ellison