originally conceived for and presented at the museum of fine arts houston, the upcoming exhibition at the helmut newton foundation is dedicated to newton’s first three legendary publications. the motifs published in the books have been transformed into exhibition prints. during newton’s lifetime, these photographs bordering between fashion and nude photography were never displayed together.
his first photography book, white women, was published when newton was already 56 years old, in 1976. the book received the kodak photobook award shortly thereafter and has enjoyed numerous reprints ever since. in white women, newton used nudity within the visual world of fashion. while such unusual pictures both astonished and provoked the scene, above all, they revolutionized fashion photography. furthermore, newton’s photographs both reflect and comment on the transformation of the role of women in western society at the time.
Weitere Infos: Helmut Newton Foundation / Museum für Fotografie Website