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Helmut Newton: Polaroids Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and original as ever.
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Once again, Taschen has published its usual first-class, ultra high-quality volume of 256 pages and most of Newton's fans will want to add this book to their collection of his quirky and erotic work.
Unfortunately, most of these Polaroid's aren't from his best photographic subject shoots. For example the only photograph from his major work SUMO is the Polaroid on page 4 (across from the preface) that shows Helmut dressed in a Northwestern sweat suit standing beside one of the giant photographs of nudes from the SUMO exhibition. The photo completely dwarfs him, but it works okay as a portrait of the photographer and his super-sized work.
His wife June says that Helmut brought the Polaroid's home each night to get her comments on his days work. Like most professional fashion photographers of the era Helmut used the Polaroid's to test his lighting set-ups, proper placement of the model's fashion and to see the over-all scene before capturing it on regular film.
June also said that she and Helmut often gave some of the one-of-a-kind Polaroid's away as place cards for dinner parties. "Some were sold to people who saw the value of them, some ended up in auctions. Many are still out there." That's probably the reason almost none of the Polaroid's of his most famous pictures are included in this Taschen collection. These appear to the culls of the original working collection.Read more ›
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What can I write about an album of my best photographer? :) You have to buy it!Published 2 months ago by Lukasz
Features over 300 Polaroids by the artist as he would snap these to check lighting and other before putting a photo to film. Includes B/W and color. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ellison