Helmut Newton would have turned 100 years old on 31 October 2020. His foundation was established in Berlin-Charlottenburg in autumn 2003 and opened in summer 2004; since then, more than 50 exhibitions have been presented here. The Helmut Newton Foundation is taking this special anniversary as an opportunity to honour the exceptional photographer by presenting his legendary and timelessly innovative oeuvre for the first time and in a freely accessible way in a large outdoor exhibition in Berlin’s urban space on an 85-metre-long wall at the Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Straße 70 in Berlin-Mitte.
Born in 1920 as the son of a Jewish button manufacturer in Berlin-Schöneberg, Newton trained as a photographer with the renowned fashion photographer Yva between 1936 and 1938. His first self-portraits were taken in her studio in Schlüterstraße, but a short time later Newton had to flee Berlin. One of the last buildings he saw when leaving the Bahnhof Zoo in the direction of Trieste was the military casino in Jebensstraße. Many years later his foundation was to be established there, his archives stored there and his own work …
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Image caption: Helmut Newton, Amica, Milan, 1982, © Helmut Newton Estate