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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Helmut Newton: Legacy

Photographed by Helmut Newton for Elle Paris, 1969.

Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The famed photographer Helmut Newton, who died in 2004, would have turned 100 in 2020. Known as “the King of Kink,” he was provocative. As Newton once said, “If a photographer says he is not a voyeur, he is an idiot.” Vogue editor Anna Wintour has said that Newton’s photographs are “synonymous with Vogue at its most glamorous and mythic.” Though fashion photography made him famous, Newton’s portraits and nudes are equally striking and sometimes jarring. In this 100th-birthday display—delayed due to the pandemic—250 photographs are on view. Contact sheets, Polaroids, and other props lead one into Newton’s rebellious world. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © Helmut Newton Foundation