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Newton by Newton

The Grand Palais in Paris has recently unveiled its highly anticipated Helmut Newton retrospective, the first of its kind in France since the photographer’s death in 2004.  The show has been curated by Newton’s wife of sixty years, June Newton (alias Alice Springs), and is presented in the newly restored south-east gallery of the museum. Always provocative, sometimes even shocking, Newton’s work is iconic in its ability to capture the beauty, eroticism, humor – and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interactions of the familiar worlds of fashion, luxury, money and power.

The exhibition bring together more than two hundred photographs, mostly original or vintage prints made under Helmut Newton’s own supervision, including Polaroids, working prints in various sizes, and monumental works.  The show also features press records and a film made by his wife: Helmut by June. The exhibition seeks to show that Newton was much more than a fashion photographer, creating images that lacked constraints, even though he often worked within the rigid framework of fashion and portraiture. It experiments freely with themes and formats, and presents a unique vision of the contemporary female body.

All photos © Helmut Newton Estate

Through June 17, 2012, 10am-10pm (Closed Tuesdays).
Le Grand Palais, South East Gallery, Avenue Winston Churchill 75008

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