10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 157,000
Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000
HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
Saddle I, Paris (at the Hotel Lancaster), 1976
gelatin silver print, printed later
signed, titled, dated, numbered '8/10' in pencil and Monte Carlo copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps (on the verso)
15 x 22¼in. (38.2 x 56.6cm.)
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Newton was fascinated by the potential connotations of the luxurious and meticulously crafted products presented in the faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, showrooms of silk and saddle specialists Hermès. Here, alongside the finest of fashionable clothes, accessories and bags, were finely stitched leather saddles, harnesses and bridles. In 1976 Newton found his opportunity to make a picture story for Vogue Hommes on the erotic charge that he had identified in this meticulously executed leather equestrian equipment. He visualised and executed a series of pictures in which his high-fashion models enact elegantly stylised games of submission and domination in a witty spoof of conventional fetish photography.
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta
Vogue Hommes, 1976;
Newton, Sleepless Nights, Quartet, 1978, p. 64;
Newton, Special Collection 24 Photo Lithos, Quartet, 1979, pl. 14;
Helmut Newton: Work, Taschen, 2000, pp. 210-211.
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