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

 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. 
 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. 
 My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. 
 My advice for the young? There are two dirty words in photography; one is “art,” and the other is “good taste.” 
 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. 
 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... 
 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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