Helmut Newton Foundation is a place you should definately visit when you’re in Berlin! With as many as nearly twenty Newton’s exhibitions so far, now presenting helmut newton / alice springs: us & them and helmut newton: sex & landscapes collections, it has a permanent display of helmut newton’s private property. We visited last summer and it was an amazing, well-planned exhibitions, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary! Newton’s wife June, who is now the foundation’s president, chose to celebrate this date with the very two same combinations of his collections!
The photographer, commended to “commandeur de l’ordre des arts et lettres” by the french ministry of culture, was born and spent his first eighteen years in Berlin. During this time he completed apprenticeship with the portrait, nude and fashion photographer yva (else simon, neé neuländer) in berlin-charlottenburg.
He then moved to Australia, where he met his future wife June Browne (aka Alice Springs), who posed as a model for him. Extending his travels to Europe, he acquired a contract with british Vogue, then Australian edition after returning there in 1957. After coming back to Paris he had an on-off full-time position contracts with French Vogue. June Newton joined her husband in the photographic adventure, and began her career as a photographer in 1970. Us & them is their joint exhibition – a photographic journal of their life together, often a very intimate portrait…
The exhibition sex and landscapes brings together large-format landscapes and nude photographs taken in black-and-white and color between 1974 and 2001.