Tuesday, October 10, 2006

behind a legend's mind


Did you know that many one of the Helmut's Newton photos containing long nails, came as inspiration from a lady who pumped gas in LA? She had blue nails.

Did you know that Helmut Newton did not like traveling for his background inspiration and always found something that worked within the place he was staying?

And why many photos have pools in them?

Did you know that... well, if you'd like to know more, then rent or buy
this DVD on Helmut Newton. It's just genius.

I certainly enjoyed this DVD since he is one of my favorite photographers . What attracts me most to his work is the combination of strong sexualityand dramatic directness. His relaxed and unpretentious state is presented by the fact that he worked with one assistant and two cameras only. Declaring that most photographers are boring, this documentary gives you an idea of a legend who was exclusively concentrated on his own work. Mr. Newton liked placing his models in scenes that are not associated with fashion or luxury. Intensity is such a key element in his work, which is instantly recognized. And, of course today he is widely copied by many famous photographers, who try to appear original and distinct but deep down we all know who they had a mind.

1 comment:

William said...

I was lucky enough to catch the Helmut Newton "Sex and Landscapes" exhibit while it was on in Milan. He's certainly an iconic photographer and it was interesting to see the juxtaposition of the landscape photography he enjoyed with the striking eroticism for which he's known.

I thought the airport photos were cool.