The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin is currently exhibiting over 300 of the German photographer’s polaroids.
Apparently, good old Helmut was impatient. That’s why he took Polaroids. Makes sense, I guess. Back in the day digital backs didn’t exist and neither did digital, so if you didn’t want to wait, I guess instant provided a very practical solution to the problem. He used it to test lighting and, to a certain extent, composition. He loved it so much that in 1996 he even published a book dedicated to it called “Pola Woman.”
The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin is currently hosting an exhibition of over 300 polaroid-based works by the German photographer. Newton began using instant photo technology in the 70s, mostly for his fashion shoots. Having said that, as can be expected from Newton, he also shot nudes. But nothing new there, right? Newton’s very well known for his erotically tinged photography, and If you’ve ever flipped through, or for that matter, even gazed at the cover of SUMO (the 70×50cm mammoth book by Taschen), you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The straightforwardly titled, Helmut Newton Polaroids, has just been published by Taschen in tandem with the exhibition. Released in hardcover, it is a multilingual edition of 224 pages costing around €40.
Helmut Newton Polaroids is open at the Helmut Newton Foundation Photography Museum at Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin, Germany until the 20th November 2011. For more info, go to www.helmutnewton.com.
Here are more of the photographs: