Helmut Newton

Polaroids

OPENING 9 JUNE 2011 AT 8 PM

Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler, Polaroid, Monte Carlo 1998
Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler, Polaroid, Monte Carlo 1998

Polaroid technology revolutionized photography. In nearly all photographic areas – from landscape and genre, portrait and self-portrait, fashion and nudes – this unique imaging process has found enthusiastic devotees all over the world.

Helmut Newton used the technology intensively starting in the 1970s, especially for his fashion photo shoots. As he once described in an interview, this satisfied his impatient urge to want to know immediately how a certain situation would look as a photograph. In this context, the Polaroid acted as an idea sketch in addition to testing the actual lighting situation and image composition.

Helmut Newton, Stern, Polaroid, St. Tropez 1978
Helmut Newton, Stern, Polaroid, St. Tropez 1978

Newton’s additional notes, written on the edges of the Polaroids, are fascinating as well as revealing with regard to the model, client or location and date.The comments, the haziness of the images and the signs of use are naturally also to be found on the enlargements of the Polaroids included in the exhibition; they testify to a pragmatic approach to the original work materials, which have now possess an own inherent value.

For the first time ever, over 300 works based on the original Polaroids offer a comprehensive overview of this aspect of Newton’s oeuvre.The exhibition is thus a look into the sketchbook of one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Helmut Newton Foundation
Jebensstrasse 2 / 10623 Berlin
www.helmutnewton.com
phone +49 30 3186 4825

OPENING HOURS
tuesday - sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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