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Big Nudes

Helmut Newton's large-scale photographs of women exude power.

The exhibit ends gracefully with a self-portrait of Newton photographing two nudes in front of a mirror with his wife June sitting nearby watching (perhaps doing a bit of directing). It suggests that a woman is, in fact, the artist behind the curtain, guiding the photographer's lens. That, of course, would be untrue and a gross disservice to Newton. But we get a sense of the trust, collaboration, support and passion behind the work.

Helmut Newton was known for his provocative images as in Saddle I from the series Sleepless Nights.
© The Helmut Newton Estate/Maconochie Photography
Helmut Newton was known for his provocative images as in Saddle I from the series Sleepless Nights.

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Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77004

Category: Museums

Region: Kirby-West U

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"Helmut Newton: White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes"

Through September 25.

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In the catalog June writes that she feels the exhibition succeeds in showing the man behind the camera. June turned her own lens on Helmut for the documentary Helmut by June, which screens on a loop at the exhibit's end (It's also available on YouTube). "This film is about the famous photographer Helmut Newton," she narrates, "who also happens to be my husband." It's obvious she relished the ride at his side.

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