On the 10th anniversary of the publication, the original photo book SUMO is way beyond what people refer to as ‘coffee table’ in size, scope, and collector frenzy cost.
The book, rarely seen outside of well endowed collector’s clinging clutches, is 464 pages deep, and replete with many otherwise never published photographs by this intensely stylistic and erotic photography master.
To accompany this show, and to open up marketing to those of us with less turgid bank accounts, a smaller version of the original publication will be available.
(BTW: It is – Helmut Newton, not Helmut Newman as it is often misspelled)
While predominantly dealing with hetero interactions, there are elements of blending in many of Newton’s works.
His women are often direct and confrontational unlike so many fashion model representations during the same periods in fashion photography.
Often they are seductively self secure, perhaps past the point of being smugly confident of their power over the intended target of the viewer.
These women are not the shrinking violet mannequins of other photographers.
Sometimes though, they may appear as possible victims, not only of the whims of fashion moguls and couture dominating masters, but as objects of another sort of subjugating subject matter.
Sometimes these stunning women are rendered as icon seeming objects, restrained yet defiant.
Sometimes as objects of erotic objectification.
Sometimes as mere prop objects for self adornment of the photographic artist.
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