For the ultimate Playboy fan, bid now to win Hugh Hefner and Carrie Leigh, Beverly Hills 1984 photographed by Helmut Newton!
Artist: Helmut Newton (1920-2004)
Title: Hugh Hefner and Carrie Leigh, Beverly Hills 1984
Year created: 1984
Medium: Silver Gelatin
Edition: Open Edition
Height (inches): 24
Width (inches): 20
This piece is unframed.
Description of piece:
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine turned the art of the erotic into a socially acceptable fascination with the magazines monthly, Playmate of the Month and Playmate of the Year centerfolds. Carrie Leigh, model and actress, lived with Hefner for five years in the Beverly Hills, Playboy Mansion in the 1980s. After leaving the Playboy Mansion, she filed lawsuits against Hefner and the magazine — one palimony suit and one for publishing unauthorized photos of her. This image was captured by world famous photographer, Helmut Newton. Newton was the perfect foil for Hefner, with his distinct style of eroticism and highly provocative images, at the time deemed rebellious and revolutionary, as he turned the expected notion of beauty, depicted by passive and submissive women, on its head.
Helmut Newton was one of the world’s most celebrated photographers whose uniquely edgy imagery is coveted worldwide by collectors and aficionados of photographic art. He was known as “The King of Kink”, making his name shooting models in striking, provocative black-and-white photographs for Vogue Magazine. His imagery broke the grounds of what was then considered respectful and elevated him to the ranks of the world’s most celebrated photographers. Newton created a working space for his models that was part decadent and part unorthodox — a safe microcosm in which fantasies became reality. Perhaps most famously of all, Newton engendered an environment in which his female models claimed the space around them with unapologetic poise and commanding sensuality. Amazingly, despite the fact that Newton was known for his erotically charged photography. Newton said, “The models were the same girls I used in my fashion work, gave them a certain elegance and coolness that I was looking for in my work.” - Helmut Newton - on models. "American Photo,” January / February 2000.
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