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

 In 1936 I arranged to have myself thrown out of school as a hopeless pupil. I wanted to be a paparazzo. 
 If I say to a person, I want to see you naked, and in my head I say, Well I would like to fuck her but the reason I don’t is because I’m scared to gets AIDS or something... 
 Of course I love women. Or else I wouldn’t have spent so much time photographing them and I would be homosexual. 
 The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to. 
 I’m not at all interested in death. I’m not preoccupied by death. My wife, June, once said, “Helmut, Don’t you want to discuss this subject?” And I said, “It doesn’t interest me. I don’t want to discuss, it’s a waste of time.” 
 There are certain clubs here and in Paris where people just watch other people fuck. 
 I might photograph myself fucking, but I wouldn’t exhibit it. A picture that I find most amusing is one that June took of me pissing, en contrejour, I’m looking around at the camera. It’s taken in the backyard in Ramatuelle, it’s evening, very romantic, and you see this stream of piss and the sun shining through. 
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