Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes July 3–September 25, 2011

Certain photographs in this exhibition may not be suitable for all visitors.

Houston hosts the U.S. premiere of an exhibition featuring the entire contents from Helmut Newton´s first three groundbreaking books: White Women (1976), Sleepless Nights (1978), and Big Nudes (1981). The 205 photographs in these books established Newton´s reputation as the supreme recorder of female identity, and as a master craftsman of the photographic medium. A complete set of the prints in the exhibition has been acquired by the MFAH.

Newton (1920–2004) survived Nazi Germany as a self-supporting, nomadic teenager to emerge a world-renowned photographer. His images moved beyond the accepted standard of how females could
be portrayed. The prints on view in Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes were made specifically for the exhibition and are large-scale—some reaching nearly 8 x 8 feet. Contributing to the new exhibition catalogue—on sale only through MFAH Shop—are designer Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. In addition to the catalogue, MFAH Shop carries all available titles on Helmut Newton, including rare, out-of-print, and exclusive books.

Go behind the scenes with MFAH curator Anne Wilkes Tucker
in a revealing interview from La Lettre de la Photographie.

This exhibition is organized by Manfred Heiting for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

Generous funding is provided by:
An Anonymous Donor
Franci and Jim Crane


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