- Hardcover: 247 pages
- Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 382960131X
- ISBN-13: 978-3829601313
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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While most of these portraits are of celebrities and women, that is not always the case. There are fine portraits of unknown people and of men as well. For instance the portrait of "Female train engineers and a policewoman (left), Houston, Texas 1985" is as intriguing as anything in this book. Likewise, there are great photographs of Helmut Berger nude as well as Jack Nicholson, Prince Rainier and his friends et al.
In addition to his own self-portraits, other photographs here certainly do not flatter their subject: an extreme closeup of Debra Winger, for instance. A few of them are in color: the sexy photograph of the singer Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren and, of course, the color shot of the bejewelled Elizabeth Taylor up to her neck in a swimming pool with a parrot clutching her finger-- and we thought there was no new way to pose one of the most photographed women of all time. Some of these shots are beautifully lit. The portrait of Paloma Picasso and Rafael Sanchez Lopez is an equisite study of gradations of grays and has a beautiful formal feel to it.
Mr. Newton, genius that he was, appears to be most down to earth. He shuns the idea of the photographer as artist as well as that the photographer can take a "psychological" portrait in the short time his subject is before him, a statement with which another great, Richard Avedon, would be in agreement. Newton understood that a camera should not be used as a "weapon to violate people."
There is no rule that says you have to like someone to appreciate his work. On the other hand, it doesn't interfere with your admiration either. Certainly that's true of Mr. Newton.
This book also include interview with Helmut. Buy this book and You will see that You don't need super-hiper digital SLR to make good picture. Good pictures born in heads and hearts.