HELMUT NEWTON (RETRATOS)
Size: 29 x 23 cm
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First published in 1985, Newton’s collection of portraits from the worlds of film, fashion, politics and culture can be considered a pantheon of VIPs. But his work is a lot more besides. From his portraits one can see that he would have most liked to be a Roman paparazzo—as he once admitted. Anyone who had a portrait made by him knew what the result would be, and by the 1980s there were absolutely no ‘beautiful people’ in this world who did not want to be photographed by him. In front of his camera, both men and women peeled off their covers—literally as well as figuratively.
His brilliantly staged creations celebrate the attractiveness and prominence of his models as well as their vanity and imperfections. Newton’s top-quality work for major journals and elitist art magazines is likewise first-class erotic art.
Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920. He died in Hollywood in January, 2004. He began his career at the age of 16, working for famous Berlin photographer, Yva. As an 18-year-old, he emigrated to Australia, returning to Europe in 1957 to settle in Paris. As for the 1980s he lived in both Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. His first solo exhibition took place in Paris in 1975.