Helmet Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes

Helmet Newton White Women

I never had the opportunity to work with Helmet Newton, but It was known he could make models break down and cry. Yet, once the finished product was done, and you were part of such powerful and beautiful imagery, I’m sure they considered it an honor!

This Saturday (June 29) starts the first nongallery L.A. exhibit of the legendary fashion photographer, along with two docs on his life, Provocateur and Helmut by June (the latter shot by his wife of 56 years).

Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes, which runs till September 8, 2013, features over 100 images from his first 3 books (hence the title). The photographs were made specifically for the exhibition and are large-scale – some reaching nearly six feet in size.

This quote from Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, sums up his brilliance perfectly: “Helmut Newton is one of the most powerful and influential photographers of the past century – the place where art and fashion and subversion and aspiration all collide. If Newton’s work was controversial, I believe it’s because he expressed the contradictions within all of us, and particularly within the women he photographed so beautifully: empowerment mixed with vulnerability, sensuality tempered by depravity. Newton deepened our understanding of changing gender roles, of the ways in which beauty creates its own kind of power and corruption. On top of that, his compositions were brilliantly precise, cinematic in their scope and in their storytelling.”

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, Century City (213-403-3000). Admission is free.


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