Hardcover with booklet and book stand, 26,7 x 37,4 cm, 464 pages
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A tribute to one of the 20th century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial
SUMO was a titanic book in every respect: it broke records for weight, dimensions,
and resale price.
Helmut Newton (1920–2004) always demonstrated a healthy disdain for easy or predictable
solutions. SUMO—a bold and unprecedented publishing venture—was an irresistible project.
The idea of a spectacular compendium of images, a book with the dimensions of a private
exhibition, reproduced to exceptional page size and to state-of-the-art origination
and printing standards, emerged from an open, exploratory dialogue between photographer
With the physically commanding SUMO weighing in—boxed and shrink-wrapped—at 35.4
kilos, Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above anything
previously attempted, both in terms of conceptual extravagance and technical specifications.
SUMO established new standards for the art monograph genre, and secured a prominent
place in photo-book history. This new edition, carefully revised by June Newton,
is the fulfillment of an ambition conceived some years ago by Helmut Newton. He would
surely be pleased that, a decade on from its first publication, SUMO—now in a format
that allows for a more democratic distribution—will reach the widest possible audience.
However, proud owners of the new edition won’t wrestle with their copy of SUMO. It
comes with a unique stand for displaying the book at home.