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January 4, 2023

Cindy Crawford & Helena Christensen by Helmut Newton for Vogue, December 1991

Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen were photographed poolside in St. Tropez by Helmut Newton for Vogue, December 1991.

Helmut Newton is famed for his erotic, stylized images. Often he would shoot women nude, with fetishistic undertones. The important thing to realize, however, is that he would always portray women with a sense of power. Working throughout the nineties, Helmut was photographing at the height of the supermodel era, capturing the likes of Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and the like. He would always have a narrative within his images. They were always so much more than a simple photograph.

Newton once said, “Some people’s photography is an art. Mine is not. If they happen to be exhibited in a gallery or a museum, that’s fine. But that’s not why I do them. I’m a gun for hire.” To many people, Helmut Newton is the father of fashion photographer. He was there at the beginning, and it’s his images that helped shape the way many of the people that followed.


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