Polo is sexy enough on its own, of course, but when filtered through the capable lens of an artistic genius, sometimes amazing things happen. Hence the retrospective of fashion photographer Helmut Newton’s work, Houston hosts the U.S. premiere of an exhibition featuring the entire contents from Helmut Newton´s first three groundbreaking books: White Women (1976), Sleepless Nights (1978), and Big Nudes (1981). The 205 photographs in these books established Newton´s reputation as the supreme recorder of female identity, and as a master craftsman of the photographic medium. A complete set of the prints in the exhibition has been acquired by the MFAH.
Newton (1920–2004) survived Nazi Germany as a self-supporting, nomadic teenager to emerge a world-renowned photographer. His images moved beyond the accepted standard of how females could
be portrayed. The prints on view in Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes were made specifically for the exhibition and are large-scale—some reaching nearly 8 x 8 feet. Contributing to the exhibition catalogue—available exclusively at MFAH Shop—are designer Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Included in the images is Newton’s Saddle I, featured above, from his Sleepless Nights series. We’ll leave it to your imagination as to what might be going on here (all of Newton’s images are full of philosophical ambiguity), but you must see this exhibit if you’re in Houston.