Helmut Newton’s depictions of powerful, sculptural bodied women changed the course of fashion photography. Over the duration of his career, Newton’s photographs peppered across the pages of Playboy, Pirelli campaigns and German and Italian Vogue – dominant women in dominant poses, asserting their presence through their nudity and commanding glances right into the camera.
Mario Testino, another giant in the fashion industry, has cited Newton’s influence on his work in the past. And subsequently, his invitation to exhibit at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin comes as no surprise. Exploring the “physical notion of undressing” and the boundaries of sexuality and eroticism.
Coming together in the exhibition and accompanying book, Testino’s work explores a fluid sexuality with shots of gender blurring images – defining “sexiness” in his aesthetic but on his own terms.