Dominique Baqué’s recently-published study of the ever-paradoxical Helmut Newton takes us deep into his creative psyche. Philippe Garner reports Helmut Newton died fifteen years ago. His work lives on and constitutes a remarkable cultural legacy – uniquely provocative, perverse, multi-layered, and wilfully ambiguous. Born in 1920, Newton was fascinated by photography since his teenage years; but it was not until he was in his forties that his images started to reveal a distinct vision, and not until he was in his early fifties that this vision matured fully into the complex, compelling, disquieting imagery that is the basis of...
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