HELMUT NEWTON: Iconic Images


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

An exhibition of Helmut Newton’s polaroids in the Newton Foundation uncovers the creative process which went into the creation of his well-known images for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar among others. The 300 images, which June Newton, his widow, winnowed from shoeboxes of photographs stored in their house in Monte Carlo, served as sketches for his final, iconic images. Newton used polaroids from the early 1970’s until his death in 2004, and they capture the spontaneity in the process of the image making.

Never intended for display, the photographs, as the chemicals aged, have darkened and developed a yellowed patina, creating a vintage feel absent from the better known colour and silver gelatine prints. The images cover the breadth of Newton’s oeuvre, ranging from fashion shoots for Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint Laurent and Italian Vogue to an intimate shot of a young Cindy Crawford joyfully bounding down the casino steps in Monte Carlo.

All photos care of the Helmut Newton Foundation.


Paris Match, Monte Carlo 1985

Paris Match, Monte Carlo, 1985



Stern, St. Tropez, 1978

Stern, St. Tropez, 1978



Thierry Mugler, Monte Carlo, 1998

Thierry Mugler, Monte Carlo, 1998



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Additional Information

Helmut Newton Foundation
Exhibition runs from June 10th, 2011
Tuesdays – Sundays 10am to 6pm, Thursdays until 10 pm.
Jebensstr 2, 10623 Berlin
Click here for map
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Blog entry by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


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