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The Best of Helmut Newton (Schirmer art books on art, photography & erotics) Paperback – May 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Schirmer art books on art, photography & erotics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3888146356
  • ISBN-13: 978-3888146350
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
"My women are always victorious." -- Helmut Newton
This collection of Helmut Newton's work casts a special focus on his harder edge images of women as sexually domineering and manipulative. Among the fetishes and voyeuristic images are some wonderful portraits of women, as well. The book is an interesting study in how strongly the personality of the model can be injected into a portrait, especially by the objects chosen, the setting, and the way clothes are worn. The essays do an excellent job of developing your understanding of his methods.
Before going further, please be aware that these images contain much female nudity in sexual situations and one male nude. If these images were in a motion picture, some would undoubtedly go beyond an "R" rating. Many of these images are not appropriate for children, in my view.
Many people think of Helmut Newton as a fashion photographer. These images focus instead on the timelessness of the female personality and role in "overcoming the other." "The clothes . . . only have one purpose: to insufficiently conceal the long, slender female bodies . . . [which] lack innocence." In each case, the women are "defiant."
I found his more playful images, rather than his darker side, the most rewarding. I especially liked "Sie Kommon" where the same scene is done first as dressed and then as naked. It is a stunning set of facing pages. In many other images, he appears in the photograph while taking it. Yet in other cases, the model is juxtaposed against a background object that creates a moderately sexual joke.
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A collection of Newton's most famous photos, with an introduction in the form of short essays by Noemi Smolik and Urs Stahel. Contains a total of 104 full page plates of both his b&w and colour work. If you buy only one book on Newton, this would likely be a good choice.
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Don't believe the nay sayers. These are stunning photos and shoots of the so called "big nudes", the celebrities and the notorious from the fifties to the eighties. A pictorial history like no other, drenched in helmut newton's decadent/art-nouveau style, it has jaw dropping scenarios with beautiful models. Like I said elsewhere, Leibowitz, Ritts, Scavullo, helmut newton. They will open your senses...
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By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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The title "Best of..." reminds me of something cheezy in the audio world, but in this case as well as this book. I can't believe Helmut Newton would agree to publish this kind of quality (or lack of). This book looks like earlier works that were hacked from the cut or an porfolio deemed unworthy for professional world. Sorry, "The Best of..." just isn't.
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When dealing with photography of the nude, one must always be careful that he doesn't cross the line into pornography. Whereas Weston's photographs were great studies in form and composition, Newton's photographs show dolled up women, virtually always in high heels, and appear to have implants. The only thing that separates this from a playboy layout is that it's in black and white
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Through the images in the book, we live vicariously in the moments that are not within the ordinary realm. The candid and artful imageries of the famous and memorable are my favorites.
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It's the work of a great photographer, really an artist of the camera. There is here classic photos like
those of Catherine Deneuve, Andy Warhol, Dalí, etc. Marvellous book!
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