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Helmut Newton

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.

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I did find a wonderful girl last year, but the photographs that we did were more about motorcars.

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I was lucky to have my wife as the art director, and it turned out to be quite something - a great success. I'm very proud of it.

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I used to hate doing color. I hated transparency film. The way I did color was by not wanting to know what kind of film was in my camera.

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They often ask me to shoot for them. But I say no. I think an old guy like me ought not take pages away from young photographers who need the exposure.

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It's that I don't like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room.

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Well, it takes a certain amount of money. And I've got to see pictures of the person ahead of time. If I don't like the way the person looks I won't do it.

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Technically, I have not changed very much. Ask my assistants. They'll tell you, I am the easiest photographer to work with. I don't have heavy equipment. I work out of one bag.

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The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.

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In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast between the figures and the location - I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.

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