If you are into fashion photography at all, you will know the name Helmut Newton. Newton is one of the greats of fashion photography. He has photographed extensively for Australian, French, Italian and American Vogue, as well as for Elle, Marie Claire, Playboy, Vanity Fair and Stern. He has published numerous books and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He resided in Monte Carlo until his death in 2004.
When Helmut Newton published a selection of his Polaroids in Pola Woman in 1992, the subculture called it a stroke of genius. It was the first time that the master let people look directly over his shoulder. This collection of Polaroids gives us a window into his technique. In this marvelous display of two decades of fashion and erotic photography at the rough-draft level, all the brilliance of a Newton photo is here: the exquisite light, the insouciant models, the surprise, the attitude, and the glamour. Unlike a typical photographer’s monograph, there is an element of rawness rarely seen in Newton’s meticulous finished work. Indeed it is these pictures’ lack perfection that makes Pola Woman the perfect book with which to experience Newton’s singular vision, the depth of his skill, and the boundless wealth of his imagination.
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