This Saturday, the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City will debut an exciting exhibition titled Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes. Running through September 8th, the showcase will present over 90 images from the famed fashion photographer's first three tomes of voyeuristic visions. Outside of gallery shows, this is the first full retrospective of his work in LA, which is fitting given that he spent his last hours here before a fatal car crash at the Chateau Marmont.
In addition to very nude, very powerful prints of Newton's stylish "superwomen" (he had a thing for sky-high heels, sultry red lips, smokey eyes and very large bosoms), the show will also feature two films celebrating his life: Helmut by June—a documentary shot by June Newton, his wife of 56 years, and Provocateur—an original doc from Arclight Productions that includes exclusive interviews with the lensman's inner circle of models, colleagues and friends.
"Newton deepened our understanding of changing gender roles, of the ways in which beauty creates its own kind of power and corruption," explains Annenberg Foundation president Wallis Annenberg. "On top of that, his compositions were brilliantly precise, cinematic in their scope and in their storytelling."
Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes is on view this Saturday through September 8th. Annenberg Space for Photography is free to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from 11am to 6pm, Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 6pm, with reduced validated parking ($3.50 on weekdays for three hours and $1.00 on weekends).
· Annenberg Space for Photography [Official Site]
· Two Must-See Helmut Newton Exhibits Heading to LA [Racked]