Helmut Newton: Polaroids (Taschen)

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Selected by his widow June from over 300 photos featured at the 2011 exhibition “Helmut Newton Polaroids” the sheer quality of Helmut’s ‘test shots’ displayed in this new book show exactly how much of a genius he was. With there being very little if anything at all to distinguish these instant images from the actual photographs that would later end up in the pages of Vogue, Playboy, Paris Match, et al. The book features some serious pose striking by legendary models taken between the 1970s until the early noughties when both polaroids and Helmut sadly came to an end. And whilst there may be a hell of a lot of female flesh on display here in these 200+ pages it doesn’t feel like ‘that’ kind of a book, coming across far more like a flickable instagram feed from the world’s greatest ever fashion photographers.

All images Copyright: The Helmut Newton Estate

Buy yourself a copy here.



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