The biggest and most expensive book production in the 20th century

Limited edition of 10,000 copies worldwide, each signed and numbered by Helmut Newton. Includes a bookholder designed by Philippe Starck.

SUMO is a titanic book in every respect: it is a tribute to the twentieth century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer. Measuring 50 x 70 cm (20 x 27.5 inches) and weighing approx. 30 kg (66 lb.), the book contains 464 pages, breaking any previous record. SUMO is a truly unique publication.

SUMO, edited by June Newton, features a wide selection of over 400 pictures, most of which are published for the first time, covering every aspect of Newton’s outstanding career in photography: from his stunning fashion photographs, which pointed the way for generations of photographers, to his nudes and celebrity portaits.

In defiance of the much-loved Japanese discipline that inspired the title of this colossal work, there is no need for it’s proud owner to wrestle with SUMO. Philippe Starck has designed a unique device for displaying the book at home.

SUMO is available to all Newton fans and photo devotees in a limited edition of 10,000 copies, all numbered and signed by the artist.
The photographer:
Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades. Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix national de la photographie; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and orginal as ever.
Helmut Newton's SUMO (Collector's Edition)
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Helmut Newton's SUMO

Helmut Newton
Hardcover with book stand, 19.7 x 27.6 in., 464 pages
$ 15,000
  • Reviews
"Women naked or dressed, portraits of the famous, and provocative mises-en-scène: 450 photographs by one of the greatest photographers of our time in a quite exceptional format."
— Le Temps, Switzerland
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  • Videos
Helmut Newton's SUMO (part 1)
The Making of the Most Expensive Book. A film by Julian Benedikt (2000).