Helmut: In Focus at the Jewish Museum of Australia

Fri 29th April, 2022 – Sun 29th January, 2023
Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Road, St Kilda
A comprehensive showcase of the visionary fashion photographer – dubbed the “king of kink” – is coming to Melbourne.

Dubbed the “king of kink”, the prolific and perennially provocative Helmut Newton was one of the 20th century’s most in-demand fashion photographers.

He shot such icons as Grace Jones, Claudia Schiffer and even Margaret Thatcher. And his often sexually charged work was a mainstay in international fashion magazines from Vanity Fair to Vogue (including more than 60 covers for Vogue Italia.)

With Helmut: In Focus – a new collaboration between the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Photo 2022 International Festival of Photography – the German-Australian’s life and boundary-pushing career will be put under the microscope, from April 2022.

The major exhibition will explore Newton’s Jewish roots, his early years and how his time in Australia helped shape his career. And original research undertaken by the Jewish Museum’s curatorial team will ensure it’s a comprehensive survey.

Expect to see some of his most iconic, recognisable works, alongside a carefully curated collection of letters and diary entries from the Helmut Newton Foundation.

More information here.