From 17 June 2016, Foam presents a major exhibition of the work of Helmut Newton (Berlin, 1920 – West Hollywood, 2004), a legendary, supremely influential photographer. Taking over the entire building on Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht, the retrospective features over 200 photographs, ranging from early prints that rarely go on display to monumental photos.
Helmut Newton took up his camera in 1950s, but his breakthrough didn’t come until the 1970s, primarily with the striking photographs he produced on commission for French Vogue. Women and underlying themes such as power, eroticism and desire are central to his work. Seriousness and irony go hand in hand here. Newton also developed into an extremely successful and influential portrait photographer, who captured all the major names of his time – from film stars to politicians – with his camera.
Newton is responsible for a rich, authentic and complex oeuvre that can be considered one of the most iconic of the 20th century. The works featured in the exhibition are from the collection of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. Helmut by June, the film made by Newton’s wife June in 1995, will also be screened.
The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 16 June 2016 by Matthias Harder, curator Helmut Newton Foundation. You are welcome from 5.30pm onwards. From 6pm onwards Foam invites you for drinks and music at Spaces, Vijzelstraat 68 – 72, Amsterdam.