Tickets Go On Sale Thursday for Helmut Newton at the MFAH

Starting tomorrow, Houstonians will have a chance to be among the first to see the first large-scale exhibition of work by iconic fashion photographer Helmut Newton. That's because tickets for "Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes," which will display the entire contents of Newton's first three books at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, go on sale to both members and the public. 205 large-scale prints, some of them life-sized at almost 8' by 8', are being produced specially for this exhibition. The MFAH is the only venue in the United States to host the show.

"I always wanted to show the man behind the camera, and I believe this exhibition succeeds perfectly," said show organizer Manfred Heiting, an Amsterdam-based collector and friend of the Newtons.

That's great news, because the man behind the camera lived an even more intriguing life than the tableaux he shot. A WWII survivor, gigolo and ultimately a fashion photography trailblazer, he was, according to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, "synonymous with Vogue at its most glamorous and mythic." Glamorous and mythic, indeed: Newton and his wife summered in Monte Carlo and wintered at the Chateau Marmont, for crying out loud.

And now a little slice of that glamour will be yours, Houston, to visit whenever you like. After the show's July 3--September 25, 2011 run, the entire contents of the show will become part of the museum's permanent collection.

Museum-goers will be able to buy timed-entry tickets to the exhibit that also include general admission to the museum here. Tickets are generally $10, but are $7 on Thursdays.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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