Undressed. Unseen. Pool Party. Three words that seem to create it’s own stories using the limits of imagination. Between three series of photos by different photographers, personal crossovers seem to appear. Following Helmut Newton’s classical, elegant portraits, photography as a refined image is thrown-back. In his own foundation celebrating his work appears the bold black and white pictures featuring big names of fashion such as Yves Saint Laurent. This high-end photography emanates the exhibition through fashion, social class and the sophisticated techniques that were used in each shot. Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi accompany Helmut’s work by taking their own unique place on the wall. From this emerges a broader representation of suaveness and luxury through images. Mario Testino uses colour and boldness whilst playing with forms and curves draped with different fabrics and textiles to capture his spectator while Jean Pigozzi captures specific moments of time in the summer utopia of Antibes- where celebrities go and escape. All photographs link and allow the spectator to indulge in Helmut’s Newton’s Foundation- a photographer lovers heaven.
Heather looking through a keyhole, Paris, 1994 © Helmut Newton Estate