May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
The first posthumous exhibition of Helmut Newton’s oeuvre in France opened recently at Paris’ Grand Palais, offering a comprehensive survey of the photographer’s work and, naturally, the subjects which dominate his images: fashion, luxury, money, and power, filtered through his critical, erotically-charged lens. Born in Berlin to a German father and American mother, Newton fled Nazi Germany for Australia in 1938, eventually gaining citizenship- and a wife in actress June Brunell- before devoting himself full-time to photography after the end of WWII. The couple moved to Paris in 1961 and immediately commenced a highly productive period that saw Newton’s signature style develop across the pages of magazines like Vogue Paris. The Helmut Newton archive was donated in 2003 to the city of Berlin’s Museum of Photography.
Lisa in Saint-Tropez, 1975
Winnie off the coast of Cannes, 1975
Private Property Portfolios I, II, III, 1972-83
Jenny Kapitan at Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977
The photographer himself, Helmut Newton
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.