The TASCHEN coffee-table book "A Gun for Hire" brings together a selection of Helmut Newton's work for fashion catalogs from the early 1960s to 2003, including campaigns for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Blumarine and Absolut Vodka, as well as his final editorial photographs for American and Italian Vogue.
"Some people's photography is an art. Mine are not. If they happen to be exhibited in a gallery or a museum, that's fine. But that's not why I make them. I am an assassin," Helmut Newton in 2004 to Newsweek. This prosaic statement from one of the 20th century's most celebrated photographers may be perceived as surprising. Yet it positions Newton as the no-frills image maker that he was. His work is so powerful and striking that it cannot be pigeonholed. By refusing to call his work "art," Newton leaves us free to do so. Judging by the number of museum and gallery exhibitions in which his work has been shown, it is clear that this option has been widely used.
In the beautiful TASCHEN book, in addition to an introduction by Matthias Harder, you will find interviews with Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, Pierre Bergé, Josephine Hart and his wife June Newton.
Title: Helmut Newton: A Gun for Hire
Size: 232 x 309 x 33 mm
Size: 256 pages
Weight: 1989 grams