Helmut Newton: Controversial Fashion Photography. A Review.

Camera Historica

Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer whose provocative images contained numerous components which created a form of ‘hybrid photography’. His work included elements of fashion, portraiture, erotica and documentary. Newton’s work was inspired greatly by his mentor Elsie Simon, also known as Yva, whose work focused on creating elegant fashion and nude photographs. Newton reached celebrity photographer status in the 1960’s when he was featured on the pages of French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He was also featured on the pages of numerous other publications including Playboy, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and Elle, as well as creating many of his own published photography books.

In the year 2000, Newton’s photographs were catalogued by his wife, June Newton, and published as a colossal photography book, Sumo, as a tribute to Newton’s work. Sumo represents Newton as one of the most renowned and influential photographers of the twentieth century and, equally…

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