RESEARCHING PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR FMP
Newton was one of the first photographers I came across whose styling of females was unique and showed females in their most androgynous ways but still visually appealing as images.
Newtons was best known for his dominance of provocative female images. Having his images published in vogue after winning a 12 month for Vogue in London in 1957.
“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 – “American Photo”, January/February 2000,
This quote of Newton’s is what intrigued me to his work. Exploring his work, a little more I realised Newton was all about creative though provoking and unorthodox images. The social stigma that stays with a female shown through androgynous can be looked in images as empowering or defying the social stigma of women’s feminine aura.
These images can be looked as controversial images where it may seem Newtons has explored of how to show women in equal light to men. He’s done this by taking the image on the right of a women whom at first sight looks like a male with short hair and male suit, upon looking at closely you come to learn it is rather a female.
Natural lighting is used within his images and low lighting, his models are casted under dark and deep contrasted shadows.
On the right you have a model on the street with a cigarette in her hand, this is showing woman in more male portrayal, as smoking can be looked as a very unfeminine habit to intake. I can relate to this being a smoker myself and a female how I was told by family/friends etc. that it was most definitely a ‘mans habit’.
Helmut’s images consist of high contrasted images with shallow DOF in most images. His images mostly captured in black and white depict harsh shadows on the models face, whilst keeping the foreground very low lit.