The secret behind Helmut Newton’s photographs

The secret behind Helmut Newton’s photographs

Helmut Newton… sometimes it’s hard to find words to discribe him and his secret of photography. First of all he was a genius. It’s not just that his photographs broke the rules in fashion photography but had a huge impact on the image of women as well. The German-born photographer traveled around the world to work for the biggest fashion designers and magazines like Vogue and Elle.

And what turns a shot into a typical Helmut Newton photo?

Strong women – sometimes naked. Women with attitude, passion, self-confidence, and with a beautiful face and perfect legs. These women didn’t just sit there and smiled towards the camera. Every picture/woman tells a powerful story. That’s why the locations and settings where very important, too.

A big city’s skyline or a luxurious hotel room

Newton’s women were high-class and always looked wealthy. They were equipped with cigarettes, a mannequin, crocodile, dangerous looking dog or a saddle on their backs. Powerful women, unusual story/posing, high-class locations, special props – the last thing a Newton photo needs is this classy high contrast black and white look, although there are a bunch of amazing colourful photos by Helmut Newton, too. And now just have a look yourself!

Helmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazine
© Helmut Newton
Helmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazineHelmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazine
© Helmut Newton
Helmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazine
© Helmut Newton
Helmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazine
© Helmut Newton
Helmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazineHelmut Newtons best photos collected by a creative room magazine
© Helmut Newton
Helmut Newtons best photos
© Helmut Newton
The Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographs
© Helmut Newton
The Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographs
© Helmut Newton
The Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographsThe Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographs
© Helmut Newton
The Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographs
© Helmut Newton
The Secret behind Helmut Newton's best photographs
© Helmut Newton

 

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