Friday, August 10, 2012

Helmut Newton’s Color Photographs

Helmut Newton, if you didn’t already know, was a German-Australian photographer. He was a widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications. So much so, that his color photographs have been overlooked or simply not regarded as much as there black-and-white counterparts.

Newton moved to Australia where he met his wife June and began shooting fashion photos. Through the ’60s and ’70s Newton’s style evolved into a documentation of outrageous things like X-rays of women, women with braces on their feet and legs, women in wet t-shirts, women wrestling, women looking strong and dominant, women fetishizing everything from raw chicken to spiky high-heels.

He was primarily a fashion photographer and has strongly influenced today’s generation of image-makers who employ the kind of uncontrolled sexuality that Newton has been exploiting for years.

Helmut Newton collection of color photographs on American Suburb X

Sumo & Polaroids, two photobooks by Helmut Newton in the Fameless Stockroom

WORDS BY: Brian Felix