Autobiography by Helmut Newton

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The candid memoirs of the celebrated photographer of White Women and Sumo recount his birth to a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin, early fascination with photography, escape to China in the wake of Kristallnacht, service with the Australian army, marriage, and contributions to the world of fashion ph

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The artist:Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades. Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix national de la photographie; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and orginal as ever.
Published September 16, 2003 by Nan A. Talese. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The renowned "bad boy" photographer reflects on his long journey from pampered Berlin brat to international fashion icon.

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Famous for his decadent photography, Newton shares his life and times in a tell-all that reveals as much about his narcissism as his artistry. A German Jew whose family was ruined by the Nazis, New

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Peck fondly recalls the stoic, hard-working folks who molded his values when he was growing up poor in rural Vermont—family members (including his 110-year-old ["some claimed older"] Aunt Ida, who reputedly killed a "drunken half-crazed Saint Francis Indian....

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(A humorous side note: Peck actually kept this same condom with him until well after his return from the Army, when he promptly buried the torn and ratty thing in the backyard as a tribute to his boyhood.) Part II: Early Manhood charts Peck's life in the army and the years immediately following h...

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