What does ‘Smoke Bomb Photography’ look like?
A collection of photos from the 1940s and 50s by German photographer Helmut Newton shows the beauty of nature in the face of war.
In the photos, a man, dressed in camouflage, watches the sky, then takes a puff from a smoke bomb.
The image shows the world in a way that few have ever seen before, with the man not even being aware of what is happening in the sky.
“The images are still a very important part of my life,” said Mr Newton.
“I still have photographs of the bombing of London.
I’ve been able to photograph the events in London at the time.”
The images have been widely used by photographers in Germany to illustrate their work and the Nazi regime’s war efforts.
“It was a terrible time,” Mr Newton said.
“There was no communication and the whole country was on the edge of collapse.”
Mr Newton, who died in 2015, was a member of the Gestapo and the Stasi intelligence services during the Second World War.
He was also an active photographer.
Mr Newton has since died.
“Smoke bombs are still very important to me, especially when they are on the street,” he said.
Mr Newtons collection also includes images from the Nazi era, which he says have never been seen before.
He said he was looking for images from that period to help create a museum that would preserve and promote his work.
“My work, especially with the Stetsons, I hope will encourage other people to do this kind of work,” he added.
“That way we will have a better understanding of what the Nazi period was like.”