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Helmut Newton. Polaroids

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 3.63 lb, 224 pages
US$ 60
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Late photographer Helmut Newton’s unerring skill at capturing the erotic allure of strong, striking women was legendary. This is a compelling collection of his test Polaroids, taken to prepare for his formal shoots, and, with their candid spontaneity, offer a fascinating insight into the photographer’s art.

Customer reviews (15)

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, where he became celebrated for his controversial scenarios. Most striking was his ability to make a throughly planned photograph seem fresh and dynamic. His many titles and awards included Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Helmut Newton. Polaroids
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 3.63 lb, 224 pages

Customer reviews (15)

L'importanza delle polaroid in fotografia.

MaY, November 06, 2021
Newton è uno dei fotografi che ha sempre ritenuto importante scattare delle polaroid "preparatorie" alle sue foto. A mio avviso è molto interessante vedere e studiare le sue polaroid.

See how he prepared his works

Manuel Ángel, October 30, 2021
Before digital, polaroids helped photographers to see how their arrangements fit within the photographic frame. This book helps seeing how Newton prepared many of his famous works.

My fav book ever

Nicola, October 28, 2021
Great book. great shoot. It's a must have in every collection


Philip, October 28, 2021
It's hard to match the feeling of a polaroid. Some of my favorite work from Helumt Newton. A different perspective on his work from what I've seen before.

Newton at his finest

Carlos, October 28, 2021
Great pics ... would love it to be larger format

Another great book of Helmut

Paris, October 27, 2021
The must have book for the Helmut Newton fan!


Xavier, October 27, 2021
Truly inspirational :)

Flippant Fun

Gretchen, October 27, 2021
Fun to flip through these Polaroids and see the context and life behind Newton’s art.

Very happy

Kristian Dill, October 27, 2021
As usual, really very happy about my purchase.
I already have many books from Taschen and all of them are proudly shown in my photo studio.
Many of my customers stop by to have a look, and probably some of them bought some books from you!
Cheers from Switzerland!!!


Eleonore, October 27, 2021
Ravie, très belle qualité!