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. I also like the light that tends to exist in hotel rooms. I do not like strobes. Plus there's room service. But anything is better than a studio. And I like to have certain objects in my photos: electric plugs, wires, telephones, TV sets.
Quoted from "Interview with Helmut Newton", Graphis, Sep/Oct 2002 by Michael Kaplan