Helmut Newton. SUMO, 20th Anniversary Edition



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Helmut Newton. SUMO, 20th Anniversary Edition
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Helmut Newton. SUMO, 20th Anniversary Edition

When it appeared, the Helmut Newton SUMO was the coffee table book that rose above anything previously published. Twenty years later, Taschen is celebrating his legacy with an XL edition.


Helmut Newton (1920-2004) stands in the annals of photography as one of the most influential photographers of all time. He gained his international fame in the 1970s, primarily through his work for French Vogue. Newton became famous for his controversial scenarios, but what really stood out was his ability to make a carefully planned photograph appear fresh and dynamic.

SUMO: An irresistible project
Newton always showed a healthy disdain for the easy or predictable, so it's no surprise that the SUMO was an irresistible project for him. The idea of a Helmut Newton book the size of a private exhibition, with spectacular images reproduced to state-of-the-art standards, emerged from an open, experimental dialogue between photographer and publisher.

A groundbreaking book: Technical specifications and conceptual extravagance
With the SUMO weighing 35.4 kg (just under 80 pounds) in box and shrink-wrap, Newton created a groundbreaking book that stood head and shoulders above anything previously attempted. It was a masterpiece, both in conceptual extravagance and technical specifications.

A global phenomenon: From sold-out to record-breaking
Published in an edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, SUMO sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied its value. Legendary copy number one even broke the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century, selling for 620,000 German marks - about 317,000 euros.

20 Years of SUMO: A friendly format, a spectacular tribute
Now, in celebration of 20 years of SUMO, there is an XL edition, the result of a project initiated several years ago by Helmut Newton. Revised by his wife June, the volume contains 464 images and a new booklet that takes us through the creation of this publishing house. It is a spectacular tribute to the larger-than-life Helmut Newton, now in a friendly format.

A must-have for photography enthusiasts
The 20th anniversary edition of Helmut Newton's SUMO is not just a book; it is a piece of history, a work of art, and a lasting memory of one of the greatest photographers of our time. Don't miss this opportunity to get your hands on a part of this legend. It is a timeless tribute to creativity, innovation, and the indomitable spirit of a true artist.


Author: June Newton
Publisher: Taschen
Size: 267 x 374 x 65 mm
Size: 464 pages
Weight: 5991 grams
Language: English
Material: Hardcover



Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton, the iconic German photographer, has left an indelible impression on the world of fashion and art photography. His illustrious career spanned several decades, during which he pioneered a challenging and highly distinctive style. Through his lens, Newton harnessed the power of sensuality and created images that have left a lasting impression on the art world....