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Absorbed by the exterior

Helmut Newton – The Bad and the Beautiful
Regissør: Gero Von Boehm
(Tyskland)

FOTO: Fotograf Helmut Newtons kontroversielle kultstatus vedvarer lenge etter hans død.

For some, Helmut Newton (1920–2004) was a feminist, for others he hated women. But the man is not identical with his photographs. As Susan Sontag said in a television program (shown in the film), it is not uncommon for rulers to love their slaves, the executioners to fall in love with their victims, and many misogynistic men say that they love women, but show it in a humiliating way. ». Newton did just that. But to say he hated women would be a simplification. The complexity of the work of this extraordinary master photographer goes far beyond the dualism of man and work.

We can take his historical significance as an example: Today's audiences can easily identify the use (and location) of women as objects in his most famous works.
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Melita Zajc
Zajc is a media writer, researcher and film critic. She lives and works in Slovenia, Italy and Africa.

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