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Helmut Newton

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The Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany, is currently showing a selection of photographs on loan from the private collection MAP, owned by the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg. Among them are series such as Newton's 'Big Nudes', 'Domestic Nudes', 'Cyberwoman', as well as some of his early Polaroids. With a total of around 70 photographs on display, the selection offers a well-rounded overview of Newton's work.

Born 1920 in Berlin, Newton was one of the most significant and most debated fashion and nude photographers of the twentieth century. From the very beginning, his work has always provoked controversy. Alternating between sexism and a constant overstepping of boundaries, his images are also glamorous pieces of art which have influenced generations of photographers.

His penchant for nude photographs in locations which are simultaneously public and private are an example of Newton's preferred blurring of boundaries. Places like a hotel lobby, for instance, express a sense of ambivalence about what is allowed and what is taboo. They also confront the viewer with compositions which are both fascinating and irritating. At the time, the  unselfconscious ease with which Newton's models pose naked in public also had an almost shocking effect on the viewer.

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