by Nathalie Azoulai
A major retrospective of Helmut Newton’s work is being shown in Paris. His most famous images reveal powerful, naked, sultry women. There are few smiling faces atop these icy figures in urban, bourgeois settings. And then there is an unknown, impulsive photograph from the 1960s, where the photographer has sprung out on a country road, docile and fleet of foot beside a haughty-looking model. The scene is a foil to the image we have of Newton’s work – his law of gravity, a sense of seriousness and weightiness. It is a breath of fresh air.