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Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition

Hardcover with booklet in slipcase, 10.5 x 14.7 in., 13.29 lb, 464 pages
US$ 150
The Helmut Newton SUMO was a titanic book that towered 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 new booklet that takes us through the making of the SUMO, it’s a spectacular tribute to the larger-than-life photographer.

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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 new 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.

Images © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography
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 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 de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

The editor

June Newton, née Browne, was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1923. As a young woman she was passionately interested in the theater, and worked as an actress under the name June Brunell, receiving the Erik Kuttner Award in 1956. She married the photographer Helmut Newton in Melbourne in 1948 and became a photographer herself in 1970, using the pseudonym Alice Springs. 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, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yves Saint Laurent, and Nicole Kidman.

Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition
Hardcover with booklet in slipcase, 10.5 x 14.7 in., 13.29 lb, 464 pages

Customer reviews (35)

Che si può dire di questo libro?

MaY, November 06, 2021
Helmut Newton. La migliore e più accurata descrizione che mi viene in mente.

Prachtig alleen mist de boekenstandaard

Tom, November 06, 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 04, 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!

Wonderful book!

Frank, October 27, 2021
Grand size with some of Newton’s best known work and maybe a few that are less familiar, a great book as a stand-alone for a medium to late space.

Beauty is beyond time and space

Sergey, October 27, 2021
One of the best books of fashion photography by a wonderful Master. High-quality printing and excellent internal filling.


Noah S., October 27, 2021
Any Art Book Collector will tell ya, TASCHEN is the best. Best quality, best customer service, best safe packaging and great discounts. If I had the money I'd own the entire catalogue.


Silvia, October 27, 2021
The most beautiful book of Helmut Newton photography. This is not just a book but a true collector's item!
I love it!

Helmut's big book is a must have

Christian, October 27, 2021
Helmut Newton's big book is a must have. My library was not complete without his large definitive book.
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