Newton’s Politically Incorrect Woman
Helmut Newton retrospective exhibition at Grand Palais is as provocative as the great photographer’s work, although he never alleged to have made photography for museum walls.
The huge prints o his nudes and editorial pictures made for Vogue, Elle, Queen Magazine and other glossy magazines, tell the story of the german photographer along with his philosophy quotes.
My favourite quote by Helmut Newton: ‘I photograph the people I love and admire, the infamous and especially the infamous.’
The way he has pictured the woman body might seem scandalous or at least erotic, but Helmut Newton always looked for the interesting in a photo and even a bit of bad taste which he simply considers the opposite of normality.
‘Je suis très attiré par le mauvais goût, plus excitant que le prétendu bon goût, qui n’est que la normalisation du regard. Les mouvements sado-maso, par exemple, me paraissent toujours très intéressants.’
Newton’s style as defined by Karl Lagerfeld is picturing ‘the type of woman politically incorrect, that the whole world still copies nowadays in fashion’.