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Armani presents the Acqua Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris

Giorgio Armani presents Acqua, an exploration of the theme of water in photographs, at the annual Paris Photo photography fair
Giorgio Armani will partner with Paris Photo, the important international photographic showcase, which celebrates its 15th anniversary from November 10-13 and is now located for the first time in the central nave of the Grand Palais.

As official partner of this major event, Giorgio Armani is providing support for the first show that will bring together work from three of the world’s finest museums at the heart of the fair. New York’s International Center of Photography, the Elysée Museum of Lausanne and London’s Tate Modern will display a selection of recent acquisitions, setting in motion an innovative collaborative approach that will henceforth define Paris Photo.

Within a dedicated space at the core of the fair, Giorgio Armani will exhibit a collection of photographs focused on the natural element so close to his heart: water. The works have either been suggested to him or lent to him by the three major museums, which offered full access to their collections.

Water is the recurrent subject of all the photographs, still yet always in movement, permanent yet intangible; a game of mirrors and reflections, immortal, warmly cradled in the sun’s beams in marine images by Harry Callahan, or extending towards boundless horizons in the series of Seascapes by Sugimoto. This unique celebration of water and its vital force reveals the expert eye of Giorgio Armani. Always a factor in his work, since 2009 water – more specifically, water supply – has also been a social cause supported by the designer through the “Acqua for Life” challenge, which has already collected over 43 million litres of clean drinking water on behalf of Green Cross International and its projects in Ghana. This initiative will continue throughout 2012.

Once again Paris Photo will be the meeting point for the leading players on the world photographic scene, assembling in one place more than 130 galleries and publishers. The Armani-supported exhibition provides an exciting, new aspect to this essential photographic fair.

Sexy Polo Photo of the Week

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.