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Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004)
LOT ID: 82244
Sumo , 1999

Other, Book
28 х 20 х 3 in. (71.12 x 50.8 x 7.62 cm.)
Signed, and numbered by the artist
Foundry/Publisher Taschen
Lot description
400 duotone reproductions of photographs selected and edited by June Newton. Stand: 30 by 22 by 22 inches (76.2 by 55.9 by 55.9 cm).

The legendary art and fashion photographer Helmut Newton’s monolithic “SUMO” is a gigantic limited edition-- weighing nearly 70 lbs and containing 464 pages-- which contains over 400 amazing photos by Newton, many of which are published here for the first time. The photographs span Newton’s legendary career in photography, serving as an index of Newton’s life in art. With a built-in stand designed by Philippe Stark, this edition takes on a unique sculptural and interactive quality.

Photographer Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004) is most famous for his work as a fashion photographer and for his provocative, studied photographs of nudes. Born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Newton 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 overt sexuality into the narratives of his images. He increasingly focused more on these images rather than on 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.
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    (70 x 50) cm.
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    Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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