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Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition

150Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
First published in 1999, Helmut Newton's SUMO was the first of TASCHEN's titanic limited editions, towering above anything previously attempted. Twenty years later, we celebrate the legacy of this publishing venture in an XL edition, the result of a project conceived by Helmut Newton and revised by his wife June. Gathering 464 images and a booklet that takes us through the making of the SUMO, it’s a spectacular tribute to the larger-than-life photographer.

Making of Helmut Newton’s SUMO

Making of Helmut Newton’s BABY SUMO

Hardcover with booklet in slipcase10.5 x 14.7 in.13.32 lb464 pages
“Fashion photography is a competitive field, but there's one art book above all that remains incredibly monumental: Helmut Newton's SUMO.”
“Cool, controversial and classic.”
Amateur Photographer
“A collector’s item if ever there was one.”
“TASCHEN reminds us what all the fuss was about with an anniversary edition of SUMO, a collection of museum-sized prints bound and elegantly packaged in a monochrome casing with one of Newton’s Giant Nudes on the cover, a hint at the arresting selection of silver, pearl and shadow-toned captures within.”
LA Weekly
“Timeless. A reference work.”
Der Standard
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition

Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition


20 Years of SUMO

The Helmut Newton SUMO in XL, revised by June Newton, with a making-of booklet

Helmut Newton (1920–2004) always showed a healthy disdain for the easy or predictable, so it’s no surprise that the SUMO was an irresistible project. The idea of a book the size of a private exhibition, with spectacular images reproduced to state-of-the-art origination and printing standards, emerged from an open, experimental dialogue between photographer and publisher. With the SUMO weighing in—boxed and shrink-wrapped—at 35.4 kg (just under 80 pounds), Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above anything previously attempted, both in terms of conceptual extravagance and technical specifications.

Published in an edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, the SUMO sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied its value. It now features in numerous collections around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The legendary copy number one, signed by more than 100 of the book’s featured celebrities, broke the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century, sold at an auction in Berlin on April 6, 2000 for 620,000 German marks—about 317,000 euros.

Now, this XL edition celebrates 20 years of SUMO, the result of a project conceived by Helmut Newton some years ago. Revised by his wife June, the volume gathers 464 images and a booklet that takes us through the making-of this publishing venture—a spectacular tribute to the larger-than-life Helmut Newton, now in a friendly format.
The photographer

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 the different internation editions of Vogue, where he was celebrated for his controversial scenarios and the ability to make a thoroughly planned photograph seem fresh and dynamic. His many titles and awards include Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

The editor

June Newton (1923–2021) has worked as a photographer under the pseudonym Alice Springs since 1970. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, including Vanity Fair, Interview, Elle, and Vogue. Her many famous subjects include William S. Burroughs, Catherine Deneuve, Graham Greene, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Gibson, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yves Saint Laurent, and Nicole Kidman.

Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition
Hardcover with booklet in slipcase26.7 x 37.4 cm6.04 kg464 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7819-6

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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November 18, 2023 - May 01, 2024

Helmut Newton

Fundación MOP, Coruña, Spain



107 Ratings

Che si può dire di questo libro?

MaY,November 6, 2021
Helmut Newton. La migliore e più accurata descrizione che mi viene in mente.

Prachtig alleen mist de boekenstandaard

Tom,November 6, 2021
Een tijdloze klassieker. Alleen jammer dat de uitvoering compleet met boekenstandaard niet meer leverbaar is.

The Holy Grail of photobooks(but smaller this time)

Ivan,November 4, 2021
I never had much interest in Helmut Newton's work before I saw a film about him - "The Bad and the Beautiful". This film gave a good account of his story and character, however, there were a limited number of photos on the silver screen. I wanted to know more so I got this book. He's a genius. This book should be used to teach photography, should be read hundreds of times, absorbed and memorized. Newton is truly a person who has widened the limits of what a photograph can become and mean.


Luis,October 29, 2021
A must have if you love Newton’s work. Love every page.


Nathan,October 28, 2021
What an incredible book inside and outside!