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Helmut Newton Foundation presents: “Helmut Newton: Legacy”, the major retrospective

The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will launch the major retrospective exhibition, “Helmut Newton: Legacy”, on 31 October 2021. Originally scheduled to coincide with the photographers 100th birthday, it was postponed for a year due to the pandemic. Visitors can now look forward to seeing not only Helmut Newtons many iconic images, but also a number of suprises.

Helmut Newton, Fashion, Melbourne, 1955

© Helmut Newton Estate, courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation

The entire exhibition space on the first floor of the museum will chronologically trace the life and visual legacy of the Berlin-born photographer. With around 300 works, half of which are being shown for the first time, the foundations curator Matthias Harder will present lesser-known aspects of Newtons oeuvre, including many of his more unconventional fashion photographs which span the decades and reflect the changing spirit of the times. The presentation will be complemented by Polaroids and contact sheets that give insight into the creation process of some of the iconic motifs featured, as well as special publications, archival material, and quotations from the photographer. 

Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler Fashion, US Vogue, Monte Carlo, 1995

© Helmut Newton Estate, courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation


It was in the 1960s that Newton found his inimitable style in Paris, as seen in his photographs of the revolutionary fashion by André Courrèges. Working for well-known fashion magazines, he not only took classic studio shots but ventured into the streets, staging models as participants in a protest, protagonists in a paparazzi story, and more. His clients sometimes strict requirements and narrow expectations served as an incentive for him to challenge traditional modes of representation.                                  

Helmut Newton, Hollywood, 1996

© Helmut Newton Estate, courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation

In the 1970s, Newton began to enjoy unlimited creative possibilities while shooting on locationwhether by helicopter on the beach in Hawaii or in a Parisian hourly hotel, where he included himself in a lingerie campaign through strategically placed mirrors. Repeatedly testing social and moral boundaries, sometimes he even redefined them. Until the end of his life he continued to both disturb and enchant people with his visions and visualizations of fashion and femininity. No other photographer has likely been published more often than Helmut Newton, and many of his iconic images have become part of our collective visual memory. Now, following intensive research in the foundations archives, forgotten and surprising photographs are coming to light.

Helmut Newton, Elle Paris, 1969

© Helmut Newton Estate, courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation

For the duration of the retrospective, Junes Room will host a special exhibition on the work of June Newton aka Alice Springs – in memory of the foundations president, who passed away in Monte Carlo in April 2021 and has since been laid to rest next to her husband in Berlin.

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An extensive catalogue will be published by TASCHEN to accompany the exhibition HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY.

Once the museum reopens in late May 2021, the Helmut Newton Foundation will present the current exhibition America 1970s/80s with works by Evelyn Hofer, Sheila Metzner, Joel Meyerowitz, and Helmut Newton until 10 October 2021.

Helmut Newton: Legacy
October 31,  2021 – May 22, 2022

Helmut Newton Foundation​​

Museum of Photography​​​
Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin

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