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Museum for Photography – Helmut Newton Foundation - photography

In June 2004, June Newton opened the Museum for Photography near the Zoologischer Garten railway station as a gift to the city of Berlin, exhibiting a collection of pictures taken by her husband, the acclaimed photographer Helmut Newton.

Artistic endeavours in black and white
The Museum for Photography is a department of the art library under the same roof as the Helmut Newton Foundation. The objective of the new establishment is to pool the many different museum sections on photography in the National Museums in Berlin into one exhibition, research and documentation centre. Helmut Newton, born in Berlin in 1920, revolutionised the world of fashion photography like no other with his erotic style. In 1956, he began working for the Australian edition of “Vogue”, which became his main employer. Over time, he also began accepting commissions from the French, Italian, American and German editions too, as well as other well-known fashion magazines.
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Helmut Newton has been one of the most coveted and expensive fashion, advertising, portrait and centrefold photographers in the world since the 1970s. In 2004 Helmut Newton donated 1,000 pictures, a considerable proportion of his portfolio, to the Helmut Newton Foundation. They were awe-inspiring pictures, controversial sceneries, unusual photo shoot settings and extraordinary picture compositions. The artistic journey through the decades presents the life and work of the photographer who was well known for his expressive black and white photographs, in a series of special exhibitions. The exhibition is complemented with a presentation of the artist's personal effects.
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