This year heralds the 10th anniversary of the Helmut Newton Foundation, set up by the photographer’s widow June Newton, an acclaimed photographer herself. To mark the occasion, Mrs Newton has returned full circle to the first exhibition the Berlin foundation held, which was comprised of images chosen by her late husband shortly before his death in 2004. The event presents two collections, Sex and Landscapes by Helmut Newton, and Us and Them, a collaboration between Newton and his wife, operating under the pseudonym Alice Springs.
Sex and Landscapes, taken between 1974 and 2002, offers a different side to the famously glamorous black and white Newton look. While a cast of bombshells play their roles, there is a palpable self-criticism of their presentation as an ideal, with sadness and absurdity introduced along with colour. His landscapes are a documentary take on small town Italy, a world away from the glitz of models and Monte Carlo hotels. In Us and Them, the viewer is treated to an intimate insight into the personal lives of Helmut and June Newton through each others’ eyes, and includes reciprocal portraits of each other and those of visiting friends in the style of a photographic journal. And Helmut in stilettos. The two collections are being shown together with a selection of large-scale Helmut Newton collages. The exhibition runs from 5 June to 16 November.