Saul Leiter. David Lynch. Helmut Newton: NUDES
PICTURES THAT GO UNDERNEATH YOUR SKIN
No one has devoted himself so vigorously/with so much love to nude photography, as Helmut Newton. The controversial scenarios, hypersexualised imagery and striking compositions, also came to have big impact on his fashion photography - despite the very limited amount of clothing that was actually involved which he started with in the 1950s for French Vogue until he reached international fame in the 70s. From this point on, strong and beautiful women, became his main focus to until his death in 2004. From this position,the new exhibition in the Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin has one dedicated topic: NUDES.
from left: Helmut Newton | Jenny Captain, Pension Florian, Berlin 1977, © Helmut Newton Estate, Helmut Newton | Tied-Up Torso, Ramatuelle 1980, © Helmut Newton Estate, Helmut Newton | Deborah and Red Exterior, Beverly Hills 1991, © Helmut Newton Estate
In addition to Newton, the exhibition also features Saul Leitner - a photographer, who interpreted fashion for Harper’s Bazaar in the 50s, working mainly in the streets of New York but also exploring the nude body in the privacy of his studio. During his lifetime however, these intimate pictures remained under lock and key. First after his death in 2013 they slowly came to see the light of day. Just recently the publishing house Steidl released a book with the nude series called „In My Room“. These and more vintage and late prints were now given to the Helmut Newton Foundation for their latest show.
A quite similar mood is offered by the David Lynch nudes, who were taken half a century later in Lodz and Los Angeles. These are are mainly in black and white, with a few examples in color. They are abstract bodies in full-format versions, which only appear human at second glance, inhabiting the mysterious atmosphere that is familiar from hiswell known movies. He is the third artist presented in this very intimate and inspiring show.
From left: David Lynch | Untitled, Lodz, 2000s, © David Lynch, David Lynch | Untitled, Los Angeles, 1990s, © David Lynch
The exhibition runs until the 19th of May 2019. , And it is definitely worth a visit.
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Story by Kate Fronius