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About the Author
Fashion photographer Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920. He has lived in Singapore, Australia, London, and Paris and has photographed extensively for Australian and French Vogue, as well as for Elle, Marie Claire, Playboy, Stern, and the American and Italian editions of Vogue. He has published numerous books and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He currently lives in Monte Carlo and continues to shoot photography for a variety of advertising clients and publications, including Vogue and Vanity Fair.
This astonishing collection of previously unpublished photographs, culled from his archive of more than 10,000 contact prints, represents the distinctive, universal quality of Helmut Newton's work. While he is largely known for his forthright photos of famous men and women, these images of unknown subjects in largely conventional settings manage to be even more arresting than Newton's more popular work. Posed in cluttered kitchens, in storefront windows, in hotel rooms and hospital wards, Newton's models are at once active and passive, whimsical and wistful, domestic and feral. Although these images are neither aggressively seductive nor glamorous, Newton's presence is felt nevertheless-in his pictures' self-confidence, their assertiveness, their defiance of society's rules and their embrace of its taboos. Brilliantly juxtaposed to emphasize their narrative power, the photographs here not only tell individual stories of brutality, gentleness, irony and sentimentality-they combine to create a masterpiece of erotic and visual literature writ large by one of the most powerful and important photographers of our time.