December 9, 2010
There are some rare creatives who inspire just as many of their contemporaries when they were alive and kicking as they do posthumously. Fashion photog Helmut Newton is known for his woman-power black and white shots (most notably of Nadja Auermann) and while his imagery evokes a certain type of ’80s empowerment, on closer inspection it’s rather timeless. Woman power in fashion will always be an issue – inevitably when we’re talking clothing women or featuring them with a lack thereof, the same ol’ questions of objectivity, beauty and empowerment come into play. For Helmut fans, a three photographer ode curated by wife June Newton is under way at Clic Gallery in NYC.
Titled “Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton,” the exhibition features the work of photographers Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis who all met the famed Newton while students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The talented three eventually all worked as assistants for Newton and went on to their own careers. Along with imagery from the three, the exhibit also shows never-before-seen snapshots, handwritten notes, journal pages, contact sheets, and other souvenirs of the photographers’ time with Helmut. A must-see for any fashion photography lover.
On view at the Clic Gallery until Jan. 30, 2011
255 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Daily 12 – 7 pm