Woman with snake, Berlin
Germany, Australia, France
1920 - 2004
Born in Berlin, Germany, Helmut Newton emigrated to Australia in 1940. He married actor June Browne with whom he relocated to Europe in the late 1950s. By the 1970s, Newton had gained a reputation with his high-contrast photographs of erotically-charged Amazonian models. His oeuvre is regarded as one of the most important in photographic history for his representation of women not as passive objects in the economy of images but persuasive subjects. He said in 1987 that much of his most renowned work would never have been made were it not for his wife’s encouragement: ‘When [June] was really sick, I truly didn’t think I would take another picture....She got me back into it...Women are much stronger than men – in every possible way. I truly believe that.’
gelatin silver photograph
Print 15, Suite II, edition no.23
24.2 x 36.1 cm image; 30.4 x 40.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed verso, pencil "Helmut Newton". Not dated.
Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
Not on display
Unable to display image due to copyright restrictions © Estate of Helmut Newton
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Judy Annear, Discipline and Beauty - women, fashion, photography, Sydney, 1997.
Marshall Blonsky, Helmut Newton: Private Property, Munich, 1990, 30 (illus.). plate no. 196
Sotheby's London (Editor), Sotheby's London: Photographs, London, 06 May 1999, 62 (illus.). cat.no. 217 titled in this publication "Woman ans snake, Berlin", 1979.