March 7, 2011
Helmut Newton was a photographer who extended the boundaries of what was acceptable in prestigious magazines. His interest in photography stemmed from a camera he purchased in high school. This camera was the reason for his expulsion from school because of constant distraction, perhaps obsession, with the art of photography. Although he was dealt a fair share of obstacles while pursuing his career, he eventually reached his goals and became a photographer for Vogue. I find his story fascinating. I admire the confidence he expressed in his work. He pushed the envelope and brought sultry sexual escapades and bare women to full view with the flash of a camera. The content of his work is bold and provocative, yet it was accepted and showcased by one of the most notorious magazines in circulation. He is a pivotal character in fashion photography and I’m happy to have learned about his work.