Originally conceived for and presented at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the exhibition Helmut Newton: White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes at the Helmut Newton Foundation is dedicated to Newton’s first three legendary publications. His first photography book, White Women – his first photography book – was published when Newton was already 56 years old, in 1976. The book received the Kodak Photobook Award shortly thereafter and has enjoyed numerous reprints ever since. In White Women, Newton used nudity within the visual world of fashion and these photographs revolutionized fashion photography.
Just as perfectly arranged were the black and white and color photographs in Newton’s 1978 book Sleepless Nights. Previously published in various magazines, these were also all about women, their bodies and their clothes; fashion shots that are simultaneously portraits, or which could double as crime scene documentation photos.
At the latest with his third publication Big Nudes, Helmut Newton had secured his seat atop the Mount Olympus of photography. Since its first publication in 1981, the book has been reprinted thousands of times, by several publishing houses and in multiple languages. Soon after their creation, the monumental pictures were shown in various museums; with his Big Nudes and the subsequent life-sized images from his Naked and Dressed series, Newton had opened up a new dimension of the photographic human image.
Helmut Newton: White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes
through November 18th, 2012
Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
Photo: Helmut Newton, Winnie of the coast of Cannes 1975 © Helmut Newton Estate