In the window, the second hand of the black Swatch continues to chant the time and yet his owner died. In Berlin, the ground floor of the Helmut Newton Foundation was transformed into a mausoleum to the glory of the great photographer who died in January 2004 and under glass bells are housed the relics of his daily life, while the first its prints are shown. The institution was created five months after his death on the two floors of the former casino cabaret for the expansion of Prussian officers early in the century.
Also huge space for a single photographer could alienating the visitor. But this hypnotic journey in the Newtonian universe is captivating. For the moment, the building houses 1,000 prints (not visible), with the hope to possess all of the negatives, today property of the widow, photographer and artist, June Newton accomplice term. "We are in the process," explains the curator of Mattias Harder instead. "Berlin love Newton." We have also already had 130,000 visitors. It's amazing! And Newton loved Berlin. He was born, but fled the city in 1938 by the nazi regime. His wish to see keep his work is a great gesture of forgiveness. "The conservative does not expand on the fact that Paris was the first recipient of the photographic loan, but that the couple of photographers was not granted with the French authorities on the practical arrangements.
The building located in the shopping area of West Berlin, Zoological Park, has been luxuriously restored. Until next June, two temporary exhibitions are organized within the Foundation representing a set of 200 prints that show the more glamorous aspects but also the most intimate of Newton. The beginning of the tone is given. Above the staircase of honor long dominated by five portraits of Prussians are presented five naked women of Newton in large format. It is certainly thanks to them, have become icons of a new modernity, which he entered in the history. His domineering and sculptural women move bare but chaussées, with great assurance. From the fragility of the traditional wife, they are alone and proud of their powerful body. Newton was fascinated by the body of women.
If he shows in self-portrait with his wife, nearby there is always a naked body isolated somewhere in the framing. He loves the breasts and buttocks that are erotic accessories for his compositions in the same way that some stereotypes of luxury as the shoes (dame), villas, swimming pools, hotels, planes, cars...
He expresses in his images, especially those of the 1970s, a rare Visual tension that ira however diluent in the last years of his life, largely shown in Berlin. Newton also seems to use the camera as a filter for its own existence. Final image: his wife's photography close up to his death in Los Angeles, on his death bed, gone of his respiratory system. Previously found in a medical column in the long course which is certainly rooted in 1971 when he was victim of a heart attack at the age of fifty-one years. In 1985 the here in a self-portrait with her doctor, or even in 1997 where he shows as an octopus with a forest of electrodes on the head.
Newton images are photos of voyeurs. Observe the couturier Versace in 1994 he died shortly later murdered posing nude on his Panther skin, such as a Roman Emperor. Observe the portrait without concession of his wife June (itself photographer known as the Alice Sprins) in their Paris Studio in 1976. In 1983, today if media couturier Karl Lagerfeld was still hiding behind his opaque glasses. It includes. His look, terribly tender, does not correspond to its dandy cultivated and light image. This is certainly that is the genius of Newton, in this way capture the intimacy in the way that it tends to immortalize. Peeping Tom has done its work. The secrets of the person.