And Now, Alice’s Turn

Alice Springs is the third largest town in the Northern Territory, Australia. However, from the 1970s, Alice Springs was also the working name of June Brown(e) Newton, the photographer, born in Melbourne.

The Maison Européene de la photography is showing a retrospective of Alice Spring’s photos from the 1970s and 1980s, through November 12. The theme explanations and photo descriptions are in French and English.

Alice Springs became a photographer by chance shooting advertisements; Gitanes cigarettes her first assignment. Looking at the photo, the curly hair of the Adonis-style model could have easily been posing for the hair stylist Jean-Louis David instead of cigarettes.

The museum’s exhibit description says the photos depict artists, actors and musicians … the roster reads like a who’s who of the international culture scene on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the photos are magazine commissions; others private commissions. Mrs. Newton has been a photographer for some forty years. However, this is a 1970s and 1980s retrospective. The sole portrait dated 1990 is of the campus-touring debaters, Timothy Leary and Gordon Liddy.

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