Helmut Newton: Vogue Voyeur

What could be a more enticing mixture than erotically themed images and beautiful high quality photographs? Not much if you are like me. So lets thank the ‘King of Kink’ Helmut Newton.

Being born to a Jewish German family in 1920, Newton was initially enchanted by photography. His talent became a minor concern thanks to the increasing hostilities toward Jews thanks to the Nazi’s (Newton was even interned at a concentration camp for a short time, though it must have felt like an eternity). Thankfully, Newton and his family left Germany. After many years of travelling Newton settled in Australia in the mid 1940s, he began to focus on his boyhood passion, Photography.

After years of working for the fashion scene of Melbourne, Newton secured a deal to take photograph for British Vogue. Working in London and Germany for several years, Newton settled in Paris and there his profile grew and grew. His work featured in Harper’s Bazaar and many others with Vogue, of course not forgetting his own series of photographs (including 1980’s Big Nudes, no doubts as to makes the subject matter was). Newton’s  signature style was erotic and fetishistic but never threatening or demeaning. I believe that this was the first time, such previously ‘taboo’ images of sexuality where shown in such a ‘mainstream’ medium. As you can see from below, Newton’s talents are unquestionable and but certainly not sugarcoated.

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