11/27/2010

SUMO

A few days ago, before Black Friday, I awoke to find a 50% off coupon from Borders in my inbox. I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to purchase the book that I've coveted for quite some time - the resissue of Helmut Newton Sumo.

I am extraordinarily thrilled to own this book. No other artist has had more influence on my photography - specifically his more glamorous, slightly exploitative erotic works. While many feminist would argue that his nudes were plainly objectifying (and that would be a fair assessment, I suppose), I think that his nudes functioned to temper glamor with something relatable - sex. The problem with many erotic images is that the woman appears to a puppet for the desire of the male gaze - never so with Newton's work. The nude women that Newton presented were strong, sculptural, and in control of their sexuality.










Wearing Essie in Playa Del Platinum + Essie Matte Topcoat. It looks grey in this photo, in real life it's an off-white color, similar to the color of soymilk.

5 comments:

Lillian said...

soymilk nail polish. yum.

Trista said...

I am beyond jealous. Helmut Newton is the most inspirational artist in my life as well. I was lucky enough to see his work up close in Berlin. They've basically dedicated the entire photography museum to his life.

Congrats on your new treasure!

Tavi said...

YAY I'm so glad you finally got it!!

St├ęphane Malingue said...

he is still the master !

Lux Vivens said...

Totally agree, Newton's women are powerful. Also am so jealous! I want to come over and drool on it.