Helmut Newton quotes

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

    #Photography #Jobs #Portraits

  • I am very attracted by bad taste-it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things,
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Way #Taste #Exciting

  • There are two dirty words in photography, one is art, the other is good taste
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Art #Dirty

  • My women are always victorious.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Luxury

  • Technically, I have not changed very much. Ask my assistants. They'll tell you, I am the easiest photographer to work with. I don't have heavy equipment. I work out of one bag.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Work Out #Bags

  • It's that I don't like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #White #Car #Doe

  • I hate good taste. It's the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Hate #Creative

  • The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Discipline #Challenges

  • Look, I'm not an intellectual - I just take pictures.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Intellectual #Looks

  • Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Art #Dirty

  • 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.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Art #Gun

  • It began when I was so ill that there was a good chance of dying. I promised myself that if I survived I would never again pander to a magazine's requests or follow the ideas of art directors. I would only make images which were personal, which arose out of my own life.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Art #Ideas

  • In my vocabulary there are two bad words: art and good taste.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Art #Vocabulary #Two

  • The first 10 000 shots are the worst.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Firsts #Shots #Worst

  • Photography is 10% inspiration and 90% moving furniture.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Moving #Inspiration

  • What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them that is interesting.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Fashion #Interesting

  • The desire to discover, the desire to move, to capture the flavor, three concepts that describe the art of photography.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Art #Moving

  • I like photographing women who appear to know something of life. I recently did a session with a great beauty, a movie star in in her thirties. I photographed her twice within three weeks and the second time I said: "You're much more beautiful today than you were three weeks ago." And she replied: "But I'm also three weeks older.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Beautiful #Stars #Three

  • There must be a certain look of availability in the women I photograph. I think the woman who gives the appearance of being available is sexually much more exciting than a woman who's completely distant. This sense of availability I find erotic.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Thinking #Availability #Giving

  • I used to hate doing color. I hated transparency film. The way I did color was by not wanting to know what kind of film was in my camera.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Hate #Color #Cameras

  • The photographs don't arouse me. All I can think about is the hard work it took to make them.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Photography #Hard Work #Thinking

  • In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast between the figures and the location - I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #California #House #Backyards

  • I was lucky to have my wife as the art director, and it turned out to be quite something - a great success. I'm very proud of it.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Art #Wife #Directors

  • I did find a wonderful girl last year, but the photographs that we did were more about motorcars.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Girl #Years #Lasts

  • I have always avoided photographing in the studio. A woman does not spend her life sitting or standing in front of a seamless white paper background. Although it makes my life more complicated, I prefer to take my camera out into the street... and places that are out of bounds for photographers have always had a special attraction for me.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #White #Special #Cameras

  • They often ask me to shoot for them. But I say no. I think an old guy like me ought not take pages away from young photographers who need the exposure.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Thinking #Guy #Needs

  • You should feel that, under the right conditions, all women would be available.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Would Be #Should #Feels

  • I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous. My last infamous subject was the extreme right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Wings #People #Lasts

  • I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas.
    -- Helmut Newton

    #Notebook #Writing #Thinking

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