Sunday, April 10, 2011

Top 30: Helmut Newton

Without question, German photographer Helmut Newton created an iconic style of fashion photography that focused on the power of the female body. Authors debate misogynist aspects of the photos, but there is more to them. Using dramatic angles onto glamazons, Newton exposes the threat of the woman, which when combined with her feminine vulnerability, is a danger toward herself. Ultimately, Newton highlights this female fragility in the best light of beauty.


Newton also commonly showed women enveloped by luxury or juxtaposed against a backdrop of luxury, implying that they are perhaps confined to a world of indulgence, though willingly.


Thierry Mugler, 1986

More on Newton and his legacy at his museum here

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