Koln: Taschen, 1999. First edition. Limited to 10,000 copies numbered and signed by the photographer, this being copy 3203. Elephant folio (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches; 700 x 500 mm). Publisher's full white silk with black and white photograph and blue lettering silkscreened to front cover, and spine silkscreen lettered in blue. Beveled edges. 464 pages. 450 duotone and color plates. Near fine in like dust jacket.
Originally published at $6500, Sumo is a monumental book in every respect, and a testimony to the enormous talent of the twentieth century's most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer. With its massive size and weight (66 lbs.; 30 kg.) and containing 464 pages, it breaks any previous record for a book. A truly unique publication when originally published, Sumo is exceeded in size and heft only by Taschen’s later tribute to Muhammad Ali, G.O.A.T. (2004). Cover design by Angelika Taschen. Color separations carried out by ORD, Gronau, Germany. Printed by EBS, Editoriale Bortolazzi - STEI s.r.l. Verona, Italy on 250 gram BVS-Plus matt paper manufactured by Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen, Germany. Bound by Legatora LEM & Recalcati s.r.l. Milano, Italy.
Edited and designed by the photographer’s wife, June Newton, a renowned photographer in her own right who works under the pseudonym, Alice Springs, the book features a wide selection of photographs, most of which are published here for the first time. They cover every aspect of Newton's outstanding career, from his stunning fashion photographs, which have influenced a generation of photographers, to his nudes and celebrity portraits. Newton’s work has had a major impact on both high and low Western culture, and his importance remains undiminished. He died in 2004 at age eighty-four of a heart attack while driving out of the parking lot of the Chateau Marmont hotel on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
Winner of the International Center of Photography’s 1999 Infinity award. (Item #3680)