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Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004)
LOT ID: 79369
Cyberwomen (7 prints) , 2000

Silver Print, gelatin silver prints
13 х 10 in. (33.02 x 25.4 cm.)
Stamped, by the photographer on verso of each print
Edition 31 of 100
Lot description
7 Silver gelatin photographic prints contained in a black folding case with embossed credit and title.

The ‘Cyberwomen’ series was commissioned exclusively by Eyestorm in 2000. The models in the series are all posed in everyday locations around Los Angeles. ‘There’s a definite contrast’, Helmut Newton says, ‘between the figures and the location - I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors. I get inspired, in America, by a certain kind of sleaziness.’

Photographer Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004) is most famous for his work as a fashion photographer, frequently creating work for Vogue magazine, and for his provocative, studied photographs of nudes. Born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Newton received his first camera at 12 years old, often neglecting his studies in school to pursue photography. It is reputed that Newton first became enamored with the female nude as a photographic subject as a teenager, while working as an apprentice to theater photographer Yva in Berlin. He fled increasing Nazi oppression in Germany in 1938, shortly after Kristallnacht, and worked in Singapore and Australia during World War II, serving in the Australian army for several years. He later opened up a photography studio, and moved to Europe in the 1950s. In Paris he began working for French Vogue, and later Playboy, Elle, and other publications during the 1950s and 1960s as his reputation grew, traveling frequently throughout the world on assignments. Known for the dramatic lighting and the unconventional poses of his models in his photographs, Newton’s work has been characterized as obsessive and subversive, incorporating themes of sadomasochism, prostitution, violence, and a persistently-overt sexuality into the narratives of his images. He increasingly focused more on these images rather than fashion photography in the 1970s, emphasizing the aggressive and incendiary in his works. He continued to travel later in life, dividing his time between his homes in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. In 2003, he died in a car crash in Los Angeles, at 84 years old. Among other honors, Newton received the German Kodak Award for Photographic Books, a Life Legend Award from Life magazine, and an award from the American Institute for Graphic Arts for his photographs.
Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
  • Cyberwomen (7 prints) by Helmut Newton
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