Helmut Newton: White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes
Helmut Newton Foundation, at Museum of Photography
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On June 1st, the new Helmut Newton exhibition will open at the Helmut Newton Foundation, in the Museum of Photography in Berlin. Originally showcased at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, this exhibition celebrates three of Newton’s legendary publications. During his life, the images from these three famous publications were never displayed together.
His first photography book, White Women, was published when Newton was already 56 years old, in 1976. The book contains a selection of Newton’s provoking nudes, introduced within the world of fashion. These images astonished the scene, while revolutionising fashion photography at the same time. The book received the Kodak Photobook Award, and has been reprinted numerous times ever since.
In Sleepless Nights, published in 1978, Newton’s black & white as well as color images depict women, their bodies and clothing in Newton’s signature manner. Three smaller series included in the book would later become some of Newton’s most iconic images: half-naked, female models in body braces or wearing leather saddles by Hermès.
The third book, Big Nudes, saw its first publication in 1981. Soon after, the monumental images from the book were showcased in various museums. The life-size photographs introduced a new dimension of the photographic human image.
Helmut Newton has been featured earlier by GUP here.