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{arts & culture | photographer : helmut newton}

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{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}
[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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Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.
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  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Those pics are amazing
    and so are the models.

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