Helmut Newton, Hardback
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The biggest, most lavish book production of the 20th century is back! "Sumo" was a titanic book in every respect: a 480-page tribute to the 20th century's most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer, it broke records for weight, dimensions, and resale price.

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) always demonstrated a healthy disdain for easy or predictable solutions. "Sumo" - a bold and unprecedented publishing venture - was an irresistible project.

The idea of a spectacular compendium of images, a book with the dimensions of a private exhibition, reproduced to exceptional page size and to state-of-the-art origination and printing standards, emerged from an open, exploratory dialogue between photographer and publisher.

With the physically commanding "Sumo" weighing in - boxed and shrink-wrapped - at 35.4 kilos, Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above anything previously attempted, either in terms of conceptual extravagance or technical specifications.

Published in an edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, "Sumo" sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied its value. This worldwide publishing sensation now features in numerous important collections around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Legendary "Sumo" copy number one, autographed by over 100 of the book's featured celebrities, also broke the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century, selling at auction in Berlin on April 6, 2000 for 620,000 German Marks - approximately $430,000. "Sumo" established new standards for the art monograph genre, and secured a prominent place in photo-book history.

This new edition is the fulfillment of an ambition conceived some years ago by Helmut Newton.

He would surely be pleased that, a decade on from its first publication, "Sumo" - now in a format that allows for a more democratic distribution - will reach the widest possible audience.

However, proud owners of the new edition won't wrestle with their copy of "Sumo".


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9783836517300



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Taschen edition of original - not same size nor same price! -newton was obviously the brilliant photographer, but taschen has produced an equally brilliant facsimile in terms of quality - especially the reproductions and art grade paper :it is still a very large book and comes with its own stand {like the original] so photogpaphs can be viewed as they were intended in large format - if you have one book by a legend of photography, get this one!