Helmut Newton Retrospective at Grand Palais in Paris


This spring Helmut Newton’s provocative work is honoured with a retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. The City of Lights is definitely an appropriate choice for an exhibition by the German- born photographer, who spent his most productive years in Paris.

The exhibition consists of more than two hundred photographs covering various styles from Polaroids to Vintage Prints, press records and his main themes of experimental nudes, portraits and fashion. The exhibition also features a film about Helmut Newton made by his wife and collaborator for sixty years, June Newton, who also designed the exhibition. Quotations by Helmut Newton himself throughout the exhibition aim to bring out the man and artist behind the name.

Helmut Newton liberated women visually through his depictions of powerful, seductive and dominant women. He revolutionized fashion photography in the 20th century with his work appearing in all major titles from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar but he also worked for Playboy and published numerous books. Born in Berlin in 1920 to a Jewish family, he had to escape Nazism and lived in Melbourne and London before settling in the Marais district of Paris in 1961.

The retrospective seeks to show the versatility of Helmut Newton’s work and portray him as much more than just a fashion photographer. Visitors can expect to explore less known aspects of his work like his quirky still life of a chicken torn apart by diamond bejewelled hands.

One of the most controversial and successful image makers of the 20th century, he broke taboos, forms and codes of photography and offered a unique vision of the female body. Kate Moss, Liz Taylor, Claudia Schiffer and Margaret Thatcher were among his subjects.

Be prepared to arrive early or queue for the tickets as this exhibition surely will draw crowds.

Are you thinking of visiting Paris this summer? P&O Ferries Dover-Calais service is a 90 minute journey, with up to 46 crossings every day.

Image Credit: Helmut Newton, YSL, French Vogue, Rue Aubriot, Paris 1975 (dressed)
© Helmut Newton Estate

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