TASCHEN HELMUT NEWTON SUMO NEW “BRAND NEW BOOK” (TASCHEN HELMUT NEWTON SUMO NEW)
It’s hard to trust that it may be 10 years because the Taschen art book house set the joy of book publishing on its ear while using publication from the world’s largest mass production book, `Sumo’ by Helmut Newton. The 66 pound, 20 by 27.5 inch book was originally issued being a signed, special edition volume full of its own chrome viewing stand made by modern artist Philippe Starck.
Now, upon the 10th anniversary of it’s publication, comes `Sumo’ the coffee table sized edition for people who either couldn’t pay for the $10,000 first edition and who (like us) the huge original was only too unwieldy to regulate for simplicity of viewing. Either way, `Sumo’ is back also it exists to showcase and celebrate what exactly is undoubtedly one on the world’s premiere photographers and his awesome most famous sexy, edgy, (largely) monochrome work.
Newton, who died in the vehicle accident outside Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont hotel right after the book’s original publication, was beyond compare in the event it came to his stark and somewhat controversial portraits with the world’s famous and rich as well as many with the world’s top models and in some cases downright ordinary people. ` Read the rest of this entry »
I remember seeing an original version of Sumo for a Powell’s bookstore and wanting it significantly. I woulda, coulda, shoulda bought but its huge size killed the sale; there were just no where that I could safely store it.
Thus, when I found this book here on Amazon it took me most of 30 seconds to choose to pull the trigger. Why the hesitation? Primarily since it is a Taschen publication and I are actually disappointed through the quality of virtually any Taschen book I have ever handled. This one, unfortunately, isn’t any different, and I believe that I shall send it back for a different and, said hopefully, better copy for this reason (One in the pages in my book has errant ink lines accruing a quarter with the page from what appears like a roller). I also have trouible with Amazon for shipping me a book that has a large tear within the custom made bag in which the ebook comes, with the way, indicating crappy quality control.
This is really a an oversized folio book, large and high and imposing like the first in miniature. Its immensity signifies that it needed space in order to carry out the photographic images justice. Read the rest of this entry »