Helmut Newton,YSL, French Vogue, Rue Aubriot, Paris 1975
Since Helmut Newton’s death (1920 – 2004), there has been no retrospective of his work in France,
although he did much of his work there, particularly for the French edition of Vogue.
Provocative, sometimes shocking, Newton’s work tried to capture the beauty, eroticism, humour
– and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interaction within the familiar worlds of
fashion, luxury, money and power.
The exhibition brings together more than two hundred photographs,
mostly original or vintage prints made under Helmut Newton’s supervision:
Polaroids, working prints in various sizes, monumental works.
It takes a retrospective, thematic angle. Through the major themes in his work:
fashion, nudes, por- traits, sex and humour,
the exhibition seeks to show that Newton was much more than a fashion photographer.
His photography shook off all constraints,
even though he often worked within the rigid framework of fashion and portraiture.
His work is eminently classical, fitting into a very broad view of art.
It experiments freely with themes and formats, and presents a unique vision of the contemporary female body.
Additional exhibitions, initiated and organised by the
Helmut Newton Foundation:
At Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
Until 29 April 2012
Helmut Newton Polaroids
At Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
Extended until 20 May 2012