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Exhibition Detail
HELMUT NEWTON
Curated by: Alice Springs
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
France


March 24th, 2012 - July 30th, 2012
Opening: 
March 24th, 2012 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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Depuis la mort d’Helmut Newton (1920 – 2004), aucune rétrospective du photographe n’a eu lieu en France, pays où il a cependant créé une partie majeure de son œuvre, notamment en travaillant pour l’édition française de Vogue. Sulfureux, parfois choquant, l’œuvre de Newton a cherché à restituer la beauté, l’érotisme, l’humour, parfois la violence que sa sensibilité lui permettait de relever dans les rapports sociaux des mondes qu’il fréquentait : la mode, le luxe, l’argent, le pouvoir.

L’exposition réunit plus de deux cents images, quasi exclusivement des tirages originaux ou vintage réalisés sous le contrôle d’Helmut Newton : polaroïds, tirages de travail de divers formats, œuvres monumentales. Elle sera enrichie d’archives de presse, ainsi que d’un film réalisé par June Newton, épouse du photographe pendant soixante ans et elle-même photographe : Helmut by June.


First retrospective of the work of one of the world's most famous photographers, this exhibition will be held in the newly restored South-East gallery of the Grand Palais.

Conceived by June Newton, alias Alice Springs, Newton's wife and a photographer herself, the exhibition traces the great themes from the imagination of Helmut Newton (1920 - 2004).

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.


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