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Helmut Newton: Sumo - Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton: Sumo

By: Helmut Newton (Artist)

Hardcover | 25 October 2009

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The biggest, most lavish book production of the 20th century is back!

SUMO was a titanic book in every respect: a 480-page tribute to the 20th century's most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer, breaking records for weight and dimensions. Fifty people worked with Helmut and June Newton for three years to complete a book that weighed 30kg (66lbs). But size wasn't everything. Control and quality - printing, paper, binding - were all critical in making SUMO a worldwide publishing sensation, which is in many famous collections all around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Now, 10 years after the original publication, SUMO is back in a more economical edition, but one with the same DNA as its unique progenitor. The original SUMO, edited by June Newton, featured over 350 pictures, most published for the first time, covering every aspect of Newton's outstanding career: from the stunning fashion images that influenced generations of younger photographers, to his powerful, erotic nudes and celebrity portraits. Also included is a booklet with a 'making of' section, detailing the meticulous selection process, and the trial and error, experiment and innovation that went into creating the original SUMO, the book that redefined the photographic monograph.

However, proud owners of the new edition won't wrestle with their copy of SUMO. It comes with a unique stand for displaying the book at home.

About the artist:

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades.

Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look.

In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix National for photography; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officer des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time.

Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and orginal as ever and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades.

Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look.

Industry Reviews
"Newton's erotic vision stands undiminished in this reissue. His trademark strongly-posed models rampage through 480 pages filled with glamorous, powerfully sexual images." * Harper's Bazaar, London *
"In this SUMO re-match, everyone wins." * *
"Consider this a bargain." * Financial Times, London *
"Still packs a heavyweight punch, which means it's top of our wishlist." * Elle Decoration, London *
"Newton's photographic fantasies always seemed larger than life." * *
"Newton is one of the most influential and respected photographers of the 20th century, so having his highly provocative images lying around is a guaranteed conversation starter." * Men's Health, London *

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