A never-before-seen glimpse into Helmut Newton’s outlandish oeuvre
In the world of avant-garde photography, there's perhaps no artist as prolific as Helmut Newton.
A pioneer in revealing the runway's seductive side, Newton pushed social boundaries with provocative, stylized images that were immortalized in high-fashion mainstays like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
A new book, compiled by his widow, features the never-before-seen Polaroid test shots from Newton's most iconic shoots. Helmut Newton Polaroids ($60) is a raw retrospective of the photographer's controversial nudes, celebrated fashion spreads and theatrical compositions.
In the 1970s, Newton used Polaroid's then-cutting-edge technology to capture his subjects in an immediate context (hundreds of shots were used from his archive in Monaco). The book's release is aptly timed, given Polaroid's pop-culture resurgence and new, retro-inspired devices.
The photographer's original Polaroid snapshots are on display through November at the Helmut Newton Foundation in his native Berlin. While hopping on a plane to check them out may not be in the cards, this tome documenting two revolutionizing forces in picture-taking is a collector's item all its own.