The Helmut Newton Foundation is one of those gems in the West of Berlin that’s well worth the journey from the more hip Bezirke of Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain. This month, alongside the permanent exhibition offering a glimpse into Helmut Newton the man, a new exhibition opens celebrating his Polaroids. Using them as an initial point of reference for his fashion shoots, he was able to test lighting and composition.
But more than that, the idea of Polaroids excited Newton: he published Pola Woman, a book exclusively made up of his Polaroids, in 1992. Shooting down accusations that the images in the book didn’t stand up to his usual standard he said: “but that was exactly what was exciting – the spontaneity, the speed”. Indeed in some ways this attitude prefigures the speed of photography – particularly street style photography – today.
The romance of a Polaroid picture is most definitely back in vogue again.
See the 300 works on display until 20th November 2011
Helmut Newton Foundation, Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin