Helmut Newton has become the grand couturier of fashion photography. Correction. The grand couturier in the art of photographing fashionable and exciting women.
His is an art that draws on many aspects of this background, imagination, and natural talents, but it also depends on and pays homage to the greatest of pagan gods-money.
Newton's images are expensive images; pieced together from the finest materials, they employ the skills of superb craftsmen in their production-the beauticians' hairdressers and stylists whose attentions give a two-dimensional reality of the fantasies that Newton concocts for us.
Their contribution is the equivalent of the minute hand-stitching the patient pressings that accompany the materialization of a couturier's design.