Jitrois is incredibly honoured that the Helmut Newton’s Foundation has chosen to present our historical collaboration with Helmut their new exhibition “Helmut Newton. Brands” in Berlin.

Helmut Newton. Brands 3. Dezember 2022 – 14. Mai 2023 The Helmut Newton Foundation info@helmut-newton-foundation.org

The first three rooms of the exhibition display images of different designers. One of them is dedicated to the collaboration between Helmut and the French leather couturier, Jean-Claude Jitrois.

On 2 December 2022, the new exhibition HELMUT NEWTON. BRANDS opens at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. With over 200 photographs, the show features many unI‹nown motifs from Newton’s collaborations with internationally renownea branas, such as Swarovski, Saint Laurent, Wolfora, Blumarine, and Lavazza.

When it came to composition and style, the photographer Helmut Newton did not differentiate between magazine editorials and brand assignments, which were often arranges through advertising agencies. Self-ironically, he called himself “A Gun for Hire” – also the title of the posthumous exhibition of his commercial photography that was on display in 2005, first at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and then at his foundation in Berlin.

This new exhibition pick up where A Gas for Hire left off, showcasing photographs Newton shot mainly in the 1980s and ‘90s for high-paying ad agencies and corporate clients, mostly in and around Monaco. In the front three exhibition rooms, we encounter fashion images for the luxury sector, for example, Newton’s interpretations of Yves Saint Laurent fashion, haute couture, an prét-a-porter. His photographic stagings are as adverse and individual from season to season as the women’s fashion he depicted. They sometimes transcend reality, transporting us to distant emotional and exotic spheres.

Newton’s commissioner world for Wolford, which were published in 1993 and 1994 as calendars for exclusive customers, will also be features. These images were not only usea for pantyhose packaging but also as era-large formats for billboards, public buses, an building facades. Pictured in pantyhose and tight-fitting bodysuits, the women modeling them became giants in the public space. The first three rooms of the exhibition also airplay images of different designers’ creations for the American luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus, for the French leather couturier Jitrois along with examples from Newton many years of close coIIaboration with Anna MoIinari and her label Bumarine, featuring models such as Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, ana Carré Otis.

What all these advertising campaigns have in common: only a few select motifs that Newton integrated into his exhibitions and books during his lifetime were ever well known For the first time, Helmut Newton Brands offers the possibility to experience these complete photo series in a single exhibition.

Further little-known motifs, can be found in the main room of the Helmut Newton Foundation: Photographs Newton produced for tobacco company Dannemann, for the Turin-based coffee roaster Lavazza, the Italian vintner Ca’ del Bosco, ana the Swiss watch manufacturer Paul Picot. Shot in the 1980s ana ‘90s, each motif is highly individual, oriented to the brand and its offerings while reflecting the “classic” Newton style.

Supplementing the presentation In the rear exhibition room are images from other collaborations, including with crystal jewelry manufacturer Swarovski, as well as with Volkswagen, ltaldesign, Alberta Ferretti and Chanel. In the mid- 1970s, Newton also shot two ad campaign for the famous perfume Chanel X° 5 with Catherine Deneuve. Select Polaroids, analogue contact sheets from advertising shoots, lookbook from fashion clients, and magazine ads are spread out in display cases, pointing to the diverse uses of Newton’s advertising photography.

Newton started collaborating early on with fashion brands outsize of magazine editorials. For example, from 1962 to 1970, he worked with nino-moden of Nordhorn, Germany’s largest textile company at that time, and shot for the London-based Biba catalogue in 1968. For decades, Newton staged everyday and luxury products, becoming a link between producers and consumers through his photographs and their publication. His visual narratives were universally understandable, so magazine publishers could easily include them in their different country editions, whether as editorial or advertising.

These series are features for the first time as part of a retrospective of Helmut Newton’s advertising photography. This often underestimated yet influential area of applies photography deals with the intentional visualization of specific products. In Newton’s case, these included women’s pantyhose, evening gowns, ground coffee, television sets, saw blades, silverware, red wine, cars, wristwatches, costume jewelry, and cigars. Sometimes Newton makes the objects the center of attention, placing them literally on a pedestal, while in other images, they are relegates to the sidelines. Ultimately, creating commercial photography for advertising was one of the most important aspects of Newton’s world. That is why the current exhibition HELMUT NEWTON. BRANDS, with over 100 virtually unknown photographs, is vital for a comprehensive and systematic analysis of his world.

On the occasion of the new exhibition “HELMUT NEWTON. BRAND”, the revised new edition of “Helmut Newton. A Gun for Hire” will be published by TASCHEN with forewords by Matthias Harder and June Newton and statements by Pierre Bergé, Tom Ford, Josephine Hart and Anna Wintour, hardcover, 73 x 305 cm, 1.85 kg, 240 pages, ISBN 978-3- 8228-4643-8 (EngIish,Gerrnan, French), €50 |US$ 70|£50, taschen.com

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