Celebrating 20 Years of SUMO

Helmut Newton’s SUMO was first published by TASCHEN in 1999, a record-setting book of epic proportions. One of a limited edition of only 10,000 copies became the most expensive book of the 20th century when it was auctioned in 2000, signed by many of those whose portraits feature.

Comprising of over 400 images, this new edition ‘Celebrating 20 Years’ is presented in a new slipcase and comes with a booklet showing behind-the-scenes of the book.

'Helmut Newton: SUMO / Three Boys from Pasadena / Photo Collection of Helmut and June'

A tribute to the most expensive book of the twentieth century, the ‘SUMO’ exhibition shows 464 framed pages from the legendary TASCHEN book on its twentieth anniversary.

‘The Three Boys from Pasadena’ (Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis) present their varied work

In June’s Room hangs prints from the Newtons’ personal collection including works by photographers that Helmut and June admired, such as August Sander, Brassaï, Irving Penn, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Franco Fontana and Peter Beard.

Location: the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
Dates: 7th June to 10th November 2019

'Sie Kommen!' — record breaking sale

Smashing its estimate of $600k, Helmut Newton’s famous diptych ‘Sie Kommen!’ which first appeared in French Vogue in 1981, was sold by Phillips for $1,820,000 at the Photographs sale on 4th April, New York. This is a personal record for Newton, and these become some of the most expensive photographs ever sold.

‘Sie Kommen!, French  Vogue , Paris, 1981 (dressed)’ © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

‘Sie Kommen!, French Vogue, Paris, 1981 (dressed)’ © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

‘Sie Kommen!, French  Vogue , Paris, 1981 (undressed)’ © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

‘Sie Kommen!, French Vogue, Paris, 1981 (undressed)’ © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

Between Art & Fashion: Photographs from the Collection of Carla Sozzani

Opened on 2nd June at the Helmut Newton Foundation, this exhibition brings together photographs collected by Carla Sozzani since 1990, including imagery across fashion, portraiture, surrealism and still life. Featuring works by Helmut Newton, Berenice Abbott, Duane Michals, Francesca Woodman, Daido Moriyama, Man Ray and William Klein, the exhibition is a showcase of powerful work and of Carla Sozzani's eye for collecting. 

Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye

Helmut Newton's unique eye forms the new monograph in Louis Vuitton's Fashion Eye series. Newton left France in 1981 to live in Monaco with his wife June because, he said: “I like the sun, and there’s none left in Paris.” From the terrace of his residence, on the 19th floor of a skyscraper, he overlooked the principality and observed his subjects posing them on building sites and Belle Epoque monuments. Within the setting of a Monegasque quotidian, between pools and palm trees, concrete and azure, his models are positioned using the legendary and provocative visual grammar that is a wholly Newtonian signature.


Mercenary of fashion, formidable portraitist, master of female nudes, most striking was Newton’s ability to make a thoroughly planned photograph feel fresh and dynamic. Provocative and controversial until the end, his work was referred to as “porno chic”. Working principally for French Vogue over four decades, as well as other famous fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Playboy, Nova, Marie Claire, Traveler, Vanity Fair and American Vogue, causing scandal and then influence.

Published November 2017

Musée YSL Marrakech opens today

The Musée YSL Marrakech opens today, featuring images shot by Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff and Michael Roberts. 


Unseen / Undressed / Pool Party

A triple exhibition from Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi. Featuring original Newton prints, rarely if ever seen before, alongside a Testino exhibition specially conceived for the Helmut Newton Foundation. Huge floor-to-ceiling images from Testino's archive of fashion and nude shots contrast with Jean Pigozzi's 'Pool Party' (also a book published by Rizzoli), which is exhibited in the more intimate June's Room. Smaller snapshots offer a spontaneous and personal insight into the lives of A-listers such as Liz Taylor, Mick Jagger and Bono. 


Exhibition images courtesy Gerhard Kassner