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The Return of Excellence: The Manipulator’s New Issue for 2010

Large format Excellence: The Manipulator magazine, published by Johnno de Plessis. Image via TheManipul8tor.com.

Celebrating the long-overdue return of THE MANIPULATOR, the revolutionary and Excellently Outstanding 80s/90s publication. “THE MANIPULATOR magazine was born in 1984 into a world almost unimaginable today: no cell-phones, no internet, no Adobe Photoshop, no digital cameras. In those quondam times, it was the cordless phone, the fax machine, the colour-copier and the Apple IIc that defined the technologically savvy,” writes founder Johnno du Plessis on the magazine’s website, which announces a new issue for 2010. “The romance between THE MANIPULATOR and photography as a platform for advertisements for trendsetting companies and brands would last for ten years. The decision to cease publication in 1994 was a relatively easy one – better to end it all while the magazine was still cherished and esteemed. The odd back-issue of THE MANIPULATOR would pop up as part of the set-dressing on a movie, or grace a popstar’s album cover, or be a prop in some music video, or a feature in some exhibit. Even Helmut Newton admitted to its influence when he published his same-sized Helmut Newton’s SUMO. THE MANIPULATOR was a revolution in its time; the true trendsetting magazine in the worlds largest format.” Welcome back!

The Manipulator. Image via TheManipul8tor.com.

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Excellency Hall of Fame: Elsa Peretti as Photographed by Helmut Newton

Applauding the ever recognizable and undeniable personal and professional integrity and Excellency of Elsa Peretti, Italian-born, legendarily Outstanding and fiery-tempered designer of understated, fluid and sensually formed jewels for Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and, of course, Tiffany.

Portrait of Elsa Peretti as Bunny, New York Gelatin silver print. 1975. Signed, titled and dated in ink, Paris, France copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.17 x 11 3/8in. (43.2 x 28.8cm.) Image via Christie's. Price realized: $7,638. Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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Appreciating the unique and Outstandingly erotic Excellence of German actor and writer Helmut Berger, as photographed by His Excellency Helmut Newton, standing before a mirrored fireplace, admiring his reflection, in Beverly Hills in 1984 . Berger, a muse of Italian director Luchino Visconti (star of the films The Damned and Ludwig, about the “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria), is also Excellently bisexual (a former lover of Marisa Berenson as well of, reportedly, Mick and Bianca Jagger, and many other rock stars of the 70s and 80s) and is the only man ever shot nude by Newton.  “I was never interested in naked men,” the legendary photographer once told the journalist Joel Stratte-McClure. “I’ve done quite a lot of nudes of myself. When I’m in a hotel room and bored I’ll get a camera and shoot myself in the mirror. But I haven’t shown many and I”m getting a bit old for that.”    

Pinkish Narcissus: His Excellency Helmut Berger, as photographed by His Excellency Helmut Newton in Beverly Hills, 1984.

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