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Helmut Newton: remembered « Previous | |Next »
January 25, 2004

The news is carrying reports that Helmut Newton is dead. He died from a heart attack whilst driving.

His work has appeared on junk for code here and here and here and here. Quite a lot in fact. There has also been a discussion of Newton's work in relation to Bataille over at philosophical conversations for those interested in such things.

Newton was primarily a fashion photographer. with a strong graphic sensibility:
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Paris Vogue, August , 1978

But he was an interesting fashion photographer. Consider this shot from Paris Vogue, March 1979:
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That turns things around, does it not?

Newton explored the nexus between power, gender roles and sexuality in his fashion photography, as in this 1975 shot for Yves St Laurent:
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and in this shot:
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ParisVogue, March, 1979

Newton turned high fashion into a form of erotica.

In exposing the way sexuality is transformed into power Newton transgressed the beyond the boundaries of fashion photography,

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who are the models in that last pic, shot in 79 for paris vogue? is that gia or am i totally off?

What is the name of this photo? Please someone tell me!

It is gia yes it's one of the images she's most famous for. Read Stephen fried's "thing of beauty" to see this pic