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The almighty Helmut Newton

This is such an amazing photographer who is so famous for his black and white photos.

helmut-newtonNewton’s growing reputation as a fashion photographer was rewarded when he secured a commission to illustrate fashions in a special Australian supplement for Vogue magazine, published in January 1956. He won a 12-month contract with British Vogue and left for London in February 1957. Newton left the magazine before the end of his contract and went to Paris, where he worked for French and German magazines. He returned to Melbourne in March 1959 to a contract for Australian Vogue.

helmutNewton settled in Paris in 1961 where his works appeared in magazines including French Vogue andHarper’s Bazaar. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylized scenes, often with sado-masochistic and fetishist subtexts. His notoriety continued to increase, most notably with his 1980 “Big Nudes” series, which marked the pinnacle of his erotic-urban style, underpinned with excellent technical skills. Newton also worked in portraiture and more fantastical studies.

In October 2003 he donated an extensive photo collection to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, establishing the Helmut Newton Foundation. The foundation’s mission is the conservation, protection and presentation of the oeuvre of Helmut Newton and Alice Springs.

In his later life, Newton lived in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. He was killed when his car hit a wall in the driveway of the famous Chateau Marmont. His ashes are buried next to Marlene Dietrich at the Städtischer Friedhof III in Berlin.

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My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
– Helmut Newton

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The sexy Catherine Deneuve (below left)

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…and one of my favouite artists, Bjork (above right)

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…and Hugh Hefner and
Carrie Leigh in a great shot (below right)

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And the master of weird, David Lynch and
the oh so hot Isabella Rossellini (above left)

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well, anyone should know how the girl below is 🙂

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Bettie Page – Outstanding fetish and pinup model

 bpnude8 Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She has often been called the "Queen of pinups". Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. [tweetmeme source="erotixx" only_single=false]

She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told the Associated Press.

Her later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution. In the 1960s, she converted to Christianity and served as a Baptist missionary in Angola. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and has a significant cult following.

In a 1998 interview with Playboy, she commented on her career:

I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It’s just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.

"She had a saucy innocence that is both contemporary and provocative, and also nostalgic."
— Hugh M. Hefner

"She’s the perfect combination of sexuality and sensuality. Like Elvis, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, Bettie Page brought something modern to the Fifties."
— Albert Watson

"Gorgeous with an amazing sense of style! Her magic is transcendent. She’s in our minds like Marilyn Monroe – Forever" — Todd Oldham

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Great tribute from Skyblue515 at youtube:

 

More information about Bettie here:

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