The small but powerful Helmut Newton exhibition at the Grand Palais is a eye-opener, and not just because of his favorite subject matter, bodacious naked ladies. The show includes portraits of the famous and infamous, groundbreaking fashion photography, and perhaps most surprisingly, some sentimental images.
Born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1920, he fled encroaching Nazism at 18, landing in Australia, where he joined the army, gained citizenship, and eventually married an actress.
He kept handcuffs and chains in his car trunk for impromptu photo ops.
He didn’t manipulate his photos digitally.
His big nudes, made in the 1980s, are based on identity photos of German terrorists.
Newton died in 2004 after crashing a car into a wall at the Chateau Marmont hotel, his longtime temporary residence in L.A.
His ashes are buried next to those of Marlene Dietrich in Berlin.