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Helmut Newton – Polaroids

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Helmut Newton, former photograph for the French Vogue, is probably one of the most influential artists of the century. He is one of the first to have made nudity and erotism complete part of fashion. He used to take so many Polaroid pictures that his wife, June Newton, explains that he was coming home with a stack of the day’s images “like Othello coming home with the spoils of war.”

In June, Taschen released a photo book of his work, allowing for a rare glimpse into the working behind some of his greatest shoots over a period of decades. As he used to test his shots with Polaroids, there are much more than just a photgraphy, these Polaroids are the very essence of the process of creation of the iconic photographs we all know. However, in 2011 the rise of digital photography has made the Polaroid almost obsolete (which I, personally regret) and photoshop its god. This book reminds us the importance and the thrill of the instant image.

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