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{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}


{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

CONTROVERSIAL, GLAMOROUS, PROVOCATIVE, are only some of the words that are used to describe Helmut Newton's photography. He was the most imitated and controversial photographer of his time, because his pictures of women were both alluring and ethereal, representing a concealed and heightened version of reality. There were androgynous creatures wearing le smoking by Yves Saint Laurent, Amazonian and assertive figures towering over men wearing little more than a pair of stilettos, and supermodels lounging in gardens wearing ensembles that represented the sexual revolution of the 1960s . . .

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

. . . because what Newton was trying to do wasn't victimise women. Quite the opposite in fact, his aim was to empower them, showing them as manipulative perpetrators of a clandestine crime. The immaculate assertive figures in the photographs were frequently socialites or supermodels, who obtained a glossy air by remaining untouched by their opulent surroundings -- whether it be status objects such as Hermès saddles and a limousine, or ominous props, including handcuffs and a pistol. Newton's women would rather lead than follow, and would do so either impeccably dressed, or entirely undressed.

And so, here, a very few favourite photographs from the photographer's prolific and often-imitated body of work . . .

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}


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[Images: 1 - Definitely Golden // 2 - Bellazon // 3 - Foundation Pierre Bergé // 4 - Art Finding // 5 - Vogue // 6 - Trend Hunter // 7 - Cara Incertezza // 8 - Part Nouveau // 9 - Ftape // 10 - Il Faut Etre Shooter // 11 - Alafoto // 12 - Wearesodroee // 13 - Pinterest // 14 - Insearchofsadie]

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Supal [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Such an incredible post! I was going to say that these do such a beautiful job of empowering women of that time. Look at their posture, stance and positions. I especially love the smirk on the women staring at her lover near the bottom. Great post! x

Molly {Dreams in HD} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

helmut is a genius, i absolutely love his work.
thank you for compiling victoria!

Maryanne The Garden [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, Mr Newton's have always told an interesting story.
Wishing you the very best for the New Year, Maryanne

genn jene [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

provocative work of mr. Newton
noted among the models here, Margaux Hemingway, Veruschka and Charlotte Rampling

Ann [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Those pics are amazing
and so are the models.

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