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Helmut Newton. The master of photo and eroticism.

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From 4/7/2016 to 8/7/2016

Casa dei Tre Oci Fondamenta Zitelle, 43

 

From 7 April to August 7, 2016, Helmut Newton exhibition. Photographs.

White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes shows, for the first time in Venice, over 200 pictures of Helmut Newton, one of the most important and celebrated photographers of the twentieth century.

The exhibition, curated by Matthias Harder and Denis Curti, is organized in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation.

Is the result of a project started in 2011 by June Newton, widow of the great photographer. The exhibition collects images of White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes, Newton published the first three books in the late ' 70, volumes now considered legendary and the only treated the same Newton.

In selecting photographs, Newton puts in sequence, next to each other, the shots made for patrons with those made freely for themselves, constructing a narrative in which the style, the discovery of the elegant gesture behind the existence of a fact further, of a story that is going to the Viewer to interpret.

 

White Women

In White Women, published in 1976, Newton chose 81 images (color and black and white 39 42), introducing for the first time the nude and Eroticism in fashion photography. Poised between art and fashion, the shots are mostly female nudes, through which featured contemporary fashion. These visions originate in art history, particularly in the Maya desnuda and Maya vestida of Goya, preserved in the Prado in Madrid. The provocation launched by Newton with the introduction of a radical nudity in fashion photography was then followed by many other photographers and directors and will remain a symbol of his personal artistic production.

 

Sleepless Nights

They are still women, their bodies and their clothes, the protagonists of Sleepless Nights, released in 1978. In this case, however, Newton is on its way to a vision that transforms the images from fashion photography to portraits, portraits and reportages almost from the crime scene. Is a volume with a more retrospective collecting 69 photos (color and black and white 38 31) made for various magazines (Vogue, of all people) and that's what defines his style making it an icon of fashion photography. The subjects, usually half-naked models wearing orthopedic corsets, women harnessed with leather seats, and Dummies mostly lovingly connected to real human beings, are systematically read out of the studio, often provocative attitudes, suggesting a use of fashion photography as a mere pretext to realize something totally different and very personal.

 

Big Nudes

With this volume of 1981, Newton reaches the title role in the history of the image of the late twentieth century. The 39 black and white shots of Big Nudes inaugurate a new dimension of human photography: the giant who, by this time, entering in galleries and museums around the world. In the artist's autobiography published in 2004, Newton explains how full nudes shot in the studio with medium format camera, from which he produced life-size prints of Big Nudes, had been inspired by posters circulated by German police to search for the terrorist group of the RAF (Red Army faction).

There is a strong presence inside shots of nude women or completely nude.

The photographer, a figure so masculine that never appears in the shots, a strong figure, that controls the set. Who is master of the art, careful and painstaking observer behind the lens of his camera. And it is in the photograph "Self-portrait with wife June and models", which acts as a "cover" to view the three Oic that are unable to observe this peculiarity: the master reflected on a mirror, which controls and directs his orchestra, with wife June to watch sitting in a Chair. Because to eroticism and art it also adds that voyeurism so dear to Helmut Newton.

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