Instant Newton

A collection of Helmut Newton's test Polaroids

Polaroids occupy a special place in the hearts of many photo enthusiasts who remember a time when "instant photography" meant one-of-a-kind prints that developed within minutes of clicking the shutter. What was once a crucial tool for photographers to test their shots before shooting on film has now become obsolete in the face of digital photography. Luckily for us, legendary photographer Helmut Newton saved his test Polaroids, allowing a privileged and rare chance to see the tests from a selection of his greatest shoots over a period of decades, including many from the TASCHEN titles SUMO, A Gun for Hire, and Work. Selected by his widow, June Newton, from over 300 photos featured at the 2011 exhibition "Helmut Newton Polaroids" at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin, this collection captures the magic of Helmut Newton photo shoots as only Polaroids can.
The artist:
Helmut Newton (1920–2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. He first achieved international fame in the 1970s while working principally for French Vogue, and became celebrated for his controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions in street or interior settings, rather than studios. His many titles and awards included Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Helmut Newton. Polaroids

Helmut Newton. Polaroids

Helmut Newton
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 224 pages
$ 59.99

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  • Reviews
"This rare and unique title showcases the work of Helmut Newton, possibly fashion’s greatest photographer. Spartanly designed with just one or two Polaroid-sized images per page, the book contains test shots used by Newton to help frame his subjects and refine the final images from some of his greatest shoots over a period of decades."
— Real Travel, London, United Kingdom
  • See also
Helmut Newton. SUMO. Revised by June Newton (XL-Format)
Helmut Newton. SUMO. Revised by June Newton
Hardcover with booklet and book stand, 10.5 x 14.7 in., 464 pages
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Helmut Newton. World without Men
Helmut Newton. World without Men
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$ 59.99