‘Helmut Newton – Polaroids’ presents a rare insight into the iconic works that raised the standard for a generation of fashion photography.
Polaroid has been enjoying a revival since the company halted production of their instant cameras and film. Now commanding a cult status, the Polaroid was once the humble tool of professional photographers who used it to test their lighting before shooting on film. Making way for the arrival of digital photography, polaroids disappeared into obscurity as technology took over and photographers moved on. Fortunately, not all of them were quick to forget the one-of-a-kind prints Polaroid produced but few went as far to archive their test shots, which is exactly what legendary photographer Helmut Newton did.
Providing a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and glimpse Newton’s infamous work from ‘SUMO’ and ‘A Gun For Hire’ amongst others, TASCHEN’s new title ‘Helmut Newton – Polaroids’ is curated by Newton’s widow June. The collection is also currently on exhibition at Die Helmut Newton Stiftung im Museum für Fotografie. Capturing Newton’s love of locations and interiors over stark studios, June Newton has collated images providing a snapshot into the photographer’s methods and vision. Those familiar with Helmut Newton’s work will recognise his cast of glamazon warriors, supine nudes and power dressing super-women alongside endearing polaroids of the man himself who appears to have had as much fun on camera as he did off. For those yet to discover Newton, the book and exhibition provides an excellent introduction to his incredible body of work and is a fascinating testament to the power of the Polaroid.
Helmut Newton Polaroids at Die Helmut Newton Stiftung im Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin runs until 20th November 2011. ‘Helmut Newton – Polaroids’ is available from TASCHEN.com