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

 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. 
 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. 
 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. 
 I like the idea of trespassing... What I am aiming at, even when I take portraits, is to get a scandalous picture. I would love to be a paparazzo. 
 ...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. 
 My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. 
 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.” 
 Of course I love women. Or else I wouldn’t have spent so much time photographing them and I would be homosexual. 
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