Helmut Newton's "Rules of Life" (NSFW)

Over on Esquire (Russia) they have a piece called Helmut Newton "Rules of Life" (in Russian). You may recall that Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer and was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications." Born in Berlin in 1920, he passed away in 2004 at the age of 84 in California.

Translation into English (via Google):

My father told me that I end up on the bottom, because I think only about girls and photographs.

Dvenadtsatiletie my father gave me my first camera - and I took my first seven photographs in the subway. They are nothing to be seen. Eighth picture I made for the radio tower already.

A completely different world when you look at it through the viewfinder.

I got a job as an assistant photographer, when I was 14, and did not tell his parents. My grades became worse than ever, my father took my camera and did not allow to leave the house.

As a child, I photographed his friends on the street in clothes and hats my mom.

In 1938, the Gestapo broke into our house and my father was arrested. Me at this moment was not at home. I was hiding in another two weeks, and then ran - arrived in Italy, he boarded a ship in Trieste, was released in Singapore and in the end got to Melbourne.

If you have to fight - do it in the Australian Army. It somehow more relaxed and humanly.

I fell in love with Paris on the first day. A week later I was able to move around the city with his eyes closed, and a year later I ran out of money.

I hate good taste. Boring This phrase from which suffocates all life.

In December 1971, in New York, I suddenly fell on Park Avenue and woke up in hospital paralyzed half - I had a myocardial infarction. I could neither speak nor write. When you pass through it and staying alive, you begin to give yourself a promise.

I smoked a heart attack at fifty cigarettes a day after - not smoked any. To a heart attack, I behaved like a young man - did not match his age. For example, three months before the stroke I spent six days in Rome at endless parties, all this time I slept maybe eighteen hours, and then flew to Paris, and it was more or the same. Overall, it had to stop.

At the hospital, I was shooting on a bar of soap all in a row: nurses, visitors and doctors. After ten days of suspense doctor told me: "You will live, but be careful." And I decided that now I will take only what I myself wondering.

Shoot nudes I quickly tired of it - it's even more boring belongings.

Pornography can be beautiful.

Bourgeois women are more erotic than a hairdresser or a secretary. Elegance, education, environment - I believe in these things, I sometimes feel ashamed for it, but it's true. Woman of high society sexy in nature.

I hate it when all the inside out - it's cheap.

Women I shoot are available, but their availability depends on the time and money you can spend on them.

Once I did a series of photos for the magazine Oui. They were naked women in fur coats - in the subway, galleries, on the Champs Elysees. It was my childhood fantasy. When I was fourteen, I read "Mistress Elsa" Arthur Schnitzler - the story of the ruined bankers and his seventeen-year-daughter beauty. One man told her that he would help her father if she agrees to walk the corridors of the hotel in a fur coat on a naked body. She agreed - came out of her room and walked around the man, opening his coat. He said to her not even touched, but fulfilled his promise.

My work is very vulgar. General creative process is inextricably linked with a bad taste and vulgarity.

Fashion editors constantly puts on any of its models scarves, ballet flats, flowing clothes that hide their body and fill me with anger. They constantly choose things that a normal man considers antisexual. Went I love a girl who dressed like that? This is the first question that I ask myself when fashion shoot.

Good taste - antifotogenichen, antizhenstvenen, antierotichen is some antifeshn. Vulgarity - it is life, pleasure and desire.

Voyeurism in the photos - it is a necessary and professional perversion.

I am very lazy. I hate to look for places for filming and never depart from your hotel more than three kilometers.

Love chic old B "Riza" and prefer them depressed, cold, modern hotel, which feels like a prison.

One day I was shooting in a brothel. Landlord first was against it, but eventually agreed - he gave me a room in one of the quietest days, on Sunday. I have come with the model assistant, hairdresser, barber assistant. The owner saw us and said, "You came here to arrange an orgy or a photograph?"

I know what poverty is, and it does not interest me. I prefer to shoot the rich. Poor people too easy to photograph.

I have a notebook where I write down all my thoughts: the ideas, models and locations. If something I did not write it down, then forget everything.

Four camera, five lenses, one flash, one Polaroid - it all fits in a suitcase weighing 17 kilograms and allows me to remove any photo anywhere and under any conditions.

I'm very superficial, I would prefer to stay Catherine Deneuve than any scientist or writer. And I love this superficial world. Like all artificial, beautiful and funny, I love it when fifty years muzhichina meet girls of eighteen. And I hope the world will never disappear.

We all copy someone at one time or another life, but then you still need to go its own way.

I hate dishonesty in pictures: pictures taken in the name of some artistic principles, fuzzy and grainy.

I dreamed of being a paparazzi.

My photos are like stories that have no beginning, no middle and no end.

I shot for Playboy magazine for twenty years, and even my work for them sometimes were too risky.

My favorite magazine - "Housewives in captivity." It pornozhurnal that previously sold in Los Angeles. I do not know whether it exists still, but there was something to read!

Now all look the same - yes jeans sneakers range.

In the early sixties, the women had a waist. And in the eighties there were Swedish, German and American models - they were stacked like truckers, and I loved it.

I do not see any difference between green and blue.

Maybe once I wanted to be a girl.

I've always loved cowboys - how they look, go. Do cowboy hands are always ready to grab the gun. So I do the cowboys of the girls who are always ready to grab the gun.

I really took off porn - but showed it only once, in a museum.

In my bag always lie monocle, a mouthpiece and a pair of overhead nipples.

I hate wedding pictures.

For me, erotic - the person, not the genitals.

I do not have a perfect body, it's boring.

Good photographers are as educated children - they can be seen but not heard.