Helmut Newton
[Photographer, b. 1920, Berlin, d. 2004, Los Angeles.]

 My mother always said: “If you have any problems, Helmut, don’t tell us, tell the doctor.” 
 The people in my pictures have been “arranged,” as on a stage. Nonetheless my pictures are not counterfeit; they reflect what I see in life with my own eyes. 
 It’s quite true that what I am aiming at, even when I take portraits, is to get a scandalous picture. I would love to be a paparazzo. 
 I just had a bellyful and realized I had shot enough nudes to last a lifetime. In fact, although I have no idea of the number, I think I photographed too many naked women. 
 ...what I try to do is a good bad picture. I work it out very carefully, and then I do something that looks as if it went wrong. 
 I find myself, after all these years, with a built-in safety-brake that stops me from doing certain things. And one of the reasons why I want to try so called hard pornography—I don’t even know whether it’s hard enough—is to see whether I will be able to overcome this. Because if there is one thing I hate, it’s good taste, to me it’s a dirty word. 
 If I have really nothing to do, I start spinning a tale for myself, which is one of the most pleasant ways of spending time. My pictures are like a story that has no beginning, no middle, and no end. 
 I was a contributor for Playboy for about twenty years. My work was even too risky for Playboy. They asked me—“Please do something for us, but nothing as kinky as what you do for French Vogue.” 
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