“White Women” by Helmut Newton – Book Review

"White Women", Helmut, Newton, Front CoverWhite Women” is an oldie but goody going way back to 1976 and is one of the older original members of my collection and Helmut’s first book.

Newton is long known to be one of the modern iconic photographers of our age of the nude female form “White Women” was a pleaser in its day and is still interesting today.

Beyond showing our recent roots, some of the images remain quite stunning.

In my 1976 Second Printing edition, which I believe basically identical in content to other additions including the current 2010 printing, are lovely photographs of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, a self portrait on a bed taken in a mirrored ceiling of Helmut in a black suit with nude model lying supine on top of him, and perhaps about 50 others interesting fashion forward and erotic art photos.

At about 12 inches by 8 inches by 3/4 of an inch and 110 pages, this is not a voluminous work.

Newton’s first work is rather like a small portion of fine rich desert.

Elsa Peretti, Bunny, New York, Terrace, Black Gloves, black and white,cigaretteBack in the day, good nude art was difficult to come by.

White Women” fit this bill then, and remains a fine work today, hence the recent republication.

Charlotte Rampling, Nude, Black and White, Hotel Nord-Pinus, Arles, Hotel Room, Seated on TableThe photo in the Nord-Pinus Hotel of Charlotte Rampling is one of my favorite shots of this film actress perhaps otherwise best know for her dark role in the erotic thriller “The Night Porter”.

Other note worthies include nudes of Pablo Picasso’s daughter and actress Paloma Picasso in black and white nip slipping from behind an empty highball glass and a shot of super model Veruschka gazing out a sliding glass door, sporting an open leather jacket, with flowing long blonde hair and dark overflowing bush which her hand intentionally and inadequately covers.

While many of the images are in lovely black and white, about half are probably in color.

Most images are full-page, unless they are two page spreads.  Text is here and there providing some contexts, though this remains largely and effective a photo book.

If you are a lover of finest nude art of the 70’s, or like to see what it was all about, “White Women” is for you.

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