Used in Palma for sale in very good condition ( The aüsserer einschlag has traces of use ) 43*30*10cm
A tribute to the most influential, fascinating and controversial photographer of the 20th century
SUMO was a titanic work in every respect: a book that broke all records in terms of size, weight and resale price. Helmut Newton (1920-2004) has always shown a healthy level of mistrust in simple or predictable solutions. SUMO was a bold and unprecedented journalistic adventure – and an irresistible project. The idea for this spectacular collection of images arose in a fruitful, trusting dialogue between photographer and publisher. The book had the dimensions of a private collection with an exceptional page size and was produced according to the latest state of printing technology.
With an awe-inspiring live weight of 35.4 kilos including box and welding, its unusual concept and the technical perfection of its execution, the book has set standards.
SUMO was released with a limited edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, which sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied their value. As a sensation on the book market around the world, the publication can now be found in numerous important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The legendary SUMO copy number one, signed by more than 100 of the famous personalities depicted in the book, broke the record for the most expensive book of the 20th century: at an auction in Berlin on April 6, 2000, it came under the hammer for 620,000 DM. SUMO set new standards for the genre of art monographing and secured a prominent place in the history of the photo book. This new edition is the fulfillment of a dream. Helmut Newton would certainly be delighted that SUMO is now being republished by June Newton, a decade after its first publication, in a format that allows for more democratic dissemination and makes its art accessible to a large audience.