"Sex helps to sell": 20 scandalous works by Helmut Newton
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Helmut Newton is one of the outstanding photographers of the twentieth century. He has long since become a recognized classic of photography. The unsurpassed master of the erotic genre once uttered a phrase that has become a textbook: "Sex sells" ("Sex helps to sell").
We offer you a selection of the most iconic and famous photographs of Newton.
Jodie Foster, 1987
Newton's worldwide fame was brought by a series of photographs of celebrities, in which the stars are depicted both sensual and cold. It is worth noting that the combination of incongruous in the photographer's works has always caused a lot of discussion.
The creative path of Helmut Newton is quite diverse and colorful, and for connoisseurs of photography, Newton's skill is primarily associated with his mise en scenes…
...who have made a real revolution in the big world of fashion and photography.
A peculiar result of his work was probably one of the most expensive books in the world called Sumo, published in 1999. It contained the main works of the author and cost 3 thousand dollars. But this book impresses not only with its cost and content, but also with its parameters and weight: dimensions - 50 × 70 cm, weight - 30 kg.
The author told about himself and his approach to photography: "Bourgeois women are more erotic than hairdressers or secretaries. Elegance, education, environment —I believe in these things; sometimes I'm ashamed of it, but it's true. A woman from high society is sexy by nature. The women I shoot are available, but their availability depends on the time and money you can spend on them. My works are very vulgar — the creative process in general is inextricably linked with bad taste and vulgarity."
"Naked in the pool." 1975. At one of the auctions, this photo was sold for $15,000.
Nadia Auerman is a leggy model from the 80s and 90s
It is difficult for non-professionals to understand what the mastery of some of his masterpieces is, but for that time, whatever Newton did, he did the very first.
His ability to see things in the world around him that are not noticeable to most of us, and led him to universal recognition.
"Bergstrom over Paris", 1970
One of Newton's most famous works, his self-portrait. On the right is his faithful assistant, and sometimes mentor— his wife.
At Christie's auction a few years ago, this photo was sold for $ 140,000.