Helmut Newton (1920-2004)

Helmut Neustadter pseudonym, Berlin's Jewish, His life seems like the plot of a movie. A wealthy family, He flees from Germany nel'38 refuge first in Singapore and then in Australia, where he plays a series of works including photojournalist. After the war, in which he participates by wearing Australian, met and married model and actress June Browne (who became his inseparable assistant and photographer under the pseudonym Alice Springs) and he began working with fashion magazines, who will devote full time to the 50s. In '61 he moved to Paris, in the United States and later in Monte Carlo. List all publications to which collaborates and campaigns that bear his signature is impossible, but every picture is recognizable by the unmistakable style: a glossy eroticism, rich, sometimes with sado-masochistic traits, fetishistic and voyeuristic, often set in larger hotels, swimming pool, but also garage and urban decay environments. At the beginning of the 70 senses the emergence of a new female figure: a strong woman, that leads the game also (and especially) when naked. This concept is well expressed in the diptych titled "arrive", in which a group of four models walking forward, shoot first and then dressed, in the same pose, wearing only the blacks neckline with stiletto heel. A woman protagonist, full of energy, able to override the role of the male, that in Newton's picture is almost always a minor figure (he calls himself "a professional voyeur"). Even his departure from the scene is from the film: a 83 years he crashed his Cadillac into the wall at the Chateau Marmont, famous Hollywood hotel where he used to live during his stays in California. The main body of his work is kept at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, but in these days you can visit an exhibition with his great 200 of his most famous images, to Venice, Casa dei Tre Oci, until the 7 August (info 041-2412332)


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