Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Helmut Newton and BABY SUMO


100 Years of Helmut Newton and the Birth of BABY SUMO

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BABY SUMO, welcome to the world!

The Ultimate Collectible:
precisely half the size of the legendary original.


“That book was an outrageous idea—totally crazy!”

— Helmut Newton


BABY SUMO, the ultimate collectible: Published in a limited edition of 10,000 numbered copies, it is exactly half the size of the famous 1999 original. Created on the occasion of Helmut Newton’s 100th birthday and TASCHEN’s 40th anniversary.

Edited and revised by June Newton
Edition of 10,000 numbered copies
74 cm (height of book on stand), 464 pages

BABY SUMO comes with a stainless steel bookstand
designed by Philippe Starck,
including a pedestal and a booklet documenting
the making of this legendary publication.

€ 1,000
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The Making of
Helmut Newton’s SUMO 


To the question: “What people do you
like to photograph?” my answer is:
“Those I love, those I admire and those I hate.”

— Helmut Newton


Left: Benedikt Taschen with the handmade dummy of SUMO when first presenting his idea of producing a gigantic book to stunned Helmut and June Newton in his suite at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Hollywood, 1997.
Photo: Helmut Newton © The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

Right: Helmut Newton, Benedikt Taschen and auctioneer Simon de Pury after the auction of SUMO copy number one, signed by over 100 celebrities portrayed in the book. At 620,000 deutschmarks it made the world record price for a book published in the 20th century, Berlin, 2000.
Photo: Alice Springs © Alice Springs / Maconochie Photography