This month, Taschen will publish an extensive Helmut Newton portfolio including some of the photographer’s most striking shots from the ’60s through to his golden heyday, a collection of his fashion, editorial and personal pictures.
“I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste, which is nothing more than a standardised way of looking at things.”
The images most closely associated with his name are provocative and sexually charged (never lacking humour though), of highly made-up, statuesque, often nude women – he created alternate realities with his photos. But his interest lay in a different kind of photography: nights, cities and portraits of interesting people. In this regard, I hope Helmut Newton. Work is a complete, comprehensive album. In its anticipation, here is a guide through summer, through the lens of Helmut Newton – needless to say, the portraits of Isabella Rossellini, Françoise Sagan and Angelica Huston are my main point of interest.
collage: Classiq | photos: Helmut Newton // clockwise from top left: 1-British Vogue, July, 1965 / 2-Isabella Rossellini, Los Angeles, 1988 / 3-François Sagan, Vogue Paris, 1963 / 4-Angelica Huston, Los Angeles, 1986 / 5-Jerry Hall and Lisa Taylor, Vogue US, Miami, 1975 / 6-US Vogue, 1975