Helmut Newton at 100: exhibition marks centenary of iconic photographer's birth

Helmut Newton
(Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

This month marks the centenary of Helmut Newton's birth – one of the most important (and controversial) photographers of the 20th century. To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Zebra One Gallery is curating a retrospective of his most iconic, influential and rare images.

Helmut Newton: 100 Years will launch at the London gallery on 31 October - what would have been the late photographer's birthday - and will run until 14 November. The show will feature 18 original, vintage silver gelatin prints showcasing the widely-imitated fashion photographer's erotically charged, black and white vignettes, often with voyeuristic undertones, which were the cornerstone of fashion bibles like Vogue,

Highlights of the show include a candid shot of a young Jerry Hall, spitting water onto her topless model friend, as well as two portraits of David Bowie, taken in Monte Carlo for Vogue before Let’s Dance catapulted him to new levels of fame. 

It will also include his iconic Naked and Dressed series, featuring two almost identical images of four models - in one image, the women are all naked and in the other, they are dressed in Eighties couture fashion. Berlin-born Helmut Newton died in 2004.

Zebra One Gallery is located at 3a Perrin's Ct, Hampstead High Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1QX

Viviane F at the Hotel Volney, New York, 1972 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Rue Aubriot, Paris, 1975 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

David Bowie, taken in Monte Carlo in 1983 for Vogue (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

David Bowie, taken in Monte Carlo for Vogue in 1983  (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Super-model Linda Morand posing as Jackie Kennedy for French Vogue (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

British Vogue 1967 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Self Portrait, Hotel Bijou (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Shoe, Monte Carlo, 1983 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Woman into Man, Paris, 1979 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

Venice 1966 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

16th Arrondissement , 1975 (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

480-page Sumo Edition retrospective of Helmut Newton's work published by Taschen (Image credit: Helmut Newton/ONGallery)

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.