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The power of photography: a new exhibition at Helmut Newton Museum

May 17th, 2016 / by / in: Exquisite experiences / No responses

On 1 June 2016, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will open its summer exhibition. The title of the upcoming exhibition, Alice Springs: The MEP Show l Helmut Newton: Yellow Press l Mart Engelen: Portraits, unites not only three photographers, but also three different photographic approaches.

The exhibition Alice Springs: The MEP Show l Helmut Newton: Yellow Press l Mart Engelen: Portraits – June 2nd – November 20th, 2016. 

Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin –  www.helmutnewton.com

Helmut Newton with models, Monte Carlo, 1997, copyright Alice Springs

Helmut Newton with models, Monte Carlo, 1997, copyright Alice Springs

First: June Newton, widow of the legendary photographer. She has also worked as a photographer, under the pseudonym Alice Springs. We could see her work in more than 100 portraits of her fellow photographers – including Richard Avedon, Brassaï, Ralph Gibson, and of course Helmut Newton – as well as other celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Audrey Hepburn, Christopher Lambert. Intense portraits in both black & white and color are complemented by an expansive series of street photographs shot along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

Helmut Newton, The Woman on Level 4, Monte Carlo, 2000, copyright Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton, The Woman on Level 4, Monte Carlo, 2000, copyright Helmut Newton Estate

The second part will include works of Helmut Newton, but not ones for fashion magazines. He also had an interest in offbeat subjects, paparazzi pictures, police photography, and crime stories. In short, for “yellow journalism”. The enigmatic, 18-part black & white series “The Woman on Level 4” is, however, about a young woman that Newton photographed in a small, windowless room (she is nude, posed holding a gun, or clad in a dark leather jacket). The series is a kind of a visual detective story, without a beginning or end.

Mart Engelen, Michel Houellebecq, Venice 2014, copyright Mart Engelen / Mart Engelen, Pete Doherty, Montreux 2008, coypright Mart Engelen

Mart Engelen, Michel Houellebecq, Venice 2014, copyright Mart Engelen / Mart Engelen, Pete Doherty, Montreux 2008, coypright Mart Engelen

The third part is due to Amsterdam-based photographer Mart Engelen; he will show more than 20 black & white portraits from the contemporary cultural scene, inspired in part by French film noir and including the likes of writer Michel Houellebecq, visual artists Gilbert & George and Julian Schnabel, musician John Waters, and actor Willem Dafoe.

Alice Springs: The MEP Show l Helmut Newton: Yellow Press l Mart Engelen: Portraits’ (June 2nd – November 20th, 2016, at Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography) www.helmutnewton.com.

Photography: courtesy of Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography, www.helmutnewton.com

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