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Vintage Lens: Helmut Newton in Paris

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.

For more information on the exhibit, consult the Grand Palais website or read up further on Stylesight’s Wanderlust blog.  Below, a handful of our favorite Newton snaps.


Lisa in Saint-Tropez, 1975

Winnie off the coast of Cannes, 1975

Private Property Portfolios I, II, III, 1972-83

circa 1980s

Jenny Kapitan at Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977

The photographer himself, Helmut Newton

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