Sex and Selfies: The Photography of Helmut and June Newton

Photography fans rejoice! A selection of the celebrated fashion photographer Helmut Newton’s photographs from his books Us and Them and Sex and Landscapes can currently be seen at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin. The profilic German-Australian photographer “whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications” passed away ten years ago and in the same year, the Helmut Newton Foundation was established. To mark its tenth anniversary, the foundation’s president June Newton (Helmut’s wife) has selected various photographs from these amazing books for this comprehensive show.

June Newton by Helmut Newton (source:

Newton became a household name in the high-fashion world, shooting for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar from the late 1950s up until his death. Besides his editorial work, Newton produced four photography tomes in his lifetime, including Sex and Landscapes, which brings together large-format landscapes and nude photographs taken in black-and-white and color between 1974 and 2001. “Overclouded seascapes and breaking waves outside Monte Carlo or neo-baroque Madonna figurines in small Italian towns mingle with nudes in glamorous and provocative scenes of erotic obsession, played out by a female cast,” is what can be expected from this exhibition. Artistic nudes of June (Helmut’s favorite subject) also feature.


Meanwhile, Us and Them is a joint exhibition and book project by Helmut and June (aka Alice Springs). The project—which involved the couple taking intimate ‘selfies’ of themselves (before selfies were even popular), as well as well as photos of actors, artists, and other prominent figures during the 80’s and 90’s—culminated in a photographic journal of their life together. Helmut and June (an Australian actress and photographer in her own right) were married for 56 years and their self-portraits are candid, cheeky shots of their incredible love.


Monica Belluci on the cover of “Sex and Landscapes” (copyright: Helmut Newton Estate)



The exhibition runs until November 16, 2014.

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