It's our immense pleasure to gift you an interview with Dr. Matthias Harder, the Chief Curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation since 2004. His dedication to divulge Helmut Newton's work keeps him alive, allows many to discover the vision of the variegated feminine universe that made him famous worldwide. Thanks to Dr. Harder, we can understand a bit more of a great artist who shaped the second half of the past century with a shocking, revolutionary touch.
Newton was capable to portray the nude in a way that fashion not only accepted, but adored. According to you, was the nude a simple erotic fascination or a real obsession for the Master?
The collection of pictures that Mr. Newton left is huge, but tell me, do you have a most favorite one that captures your eyes and imagination among all the others?
I have, of course, several ones. Some nudes like “Arielle after a haircut”, “Self-portrait with wife and models” and the “Naked and Dressed”- series, some of his psychological portraits, f.i. David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini or Le Pen. These and many other works are really iconic.
ITALY: "HELMUT NEWTON. FOTOGRAFIE. White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes" through January 22, 2017 at Sottoporticato Palazzo Ducale Genoa, Piazza Matteotti, 9, Italy, and
GERMANY: "Alice Springs: The MEP Show / Helmut Newton: Yellow Press / Mart Engelen: Portraits" through May 14th, 2017 at the Helmut Newton Foundation Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin, Germany.