Helmut Newton at Fotografiska

DSCN7794It’s not everyday that a rousing exhibition such as this presents itself so it’s always important to take advantage. Retrospectives are especially exciting as it offers a large selection of an artist’s work in one setting allowing the viewer to observe the breadth of their work and development.

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Helmut Newton at Fotografiska StockholmI’m a big fan of Helmut Newton’s black and white fashion photography which to this very day continues to command our attention with its modern, edgy perspective. However, have a more difficult time finding purpose or pleasure in his female nudes of pornographic and sadomasochistic tendency.

DSCN7807As he himself put it, “I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things… If the art world rejects me, all I can say is ‘good luck to the world of art.’ If I look for a real point of view, I’m not going to start by looking at what art will accept so I can conform to that. That’s why… sadomasochism still seems interesting to me today. I always carry chains and padlocks in my car trunk, not for me but for my photos.” -Helmut Newton, Press conference, Austria, 1984

Helmut Newton at Fotografiska Stockholm

4 thoughts on “Helmut Newton at Fotografiska

  1. See what you mean. I can understand his kicking against ‘good taste’ as he see it as possibly bland and unexciting, but I’m not sure why he sees sadomasochism as the answer to that. Hmmm! Interesting, though. Must have been a fascinating exhibition.

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