For the Love of Helmut

By Tara Shannon

Working on location inspired Helmut Newton - and an inspired Helmut was a really playful Helmut.  This snap was taken during a really great shoot for French Vogue in the south of France where everything was flowing effortlessly and he was in a great mood. June was with him and their Hollywood friends were coming by to say hi.  Bob Rafelson brought Jessica Lang who had her newborn daughter with her.

We were in the garden having lunch and everyone was taking pictures of each other, laughing and stepping in on each other’s shots. I started shooting Helmut, pretending that I was him.

He yelled a lot when shooting, so I mimicked him: “Helmut! That’s it! Don’t Move!  Francois, POWDER! , Katia, HAIR! “  Everyone started joining in, telling him to arch his back or find his light. He was actually a really good model!  He liked being teased.  He just loved having fun. He wanted work to be fun. He wanted life to be fun.

I shot with a Pentax Auto 110 that I had bought in Japan. It was a complete ultra-miniature SLR system. fully automatic with no user-settable adjustments.

It was a perfect camera to travel with as a model. I could buy 110 film in any airport and every drugstore in the world could develop it in an hour. He was wild about it. June shot this pic of Helmut and I with that camera.  He called it The Dwarf appealing totally to how he worked- his equipment being as pared down as possible. He found amateur cameras more innovative than professional.  I think my Pentax appealed to him so much because Helmut really and truly  was a reportage photographer at heart. He was the Weegee of the fashion world- a visual shark. He was brilliant at capturing those lurking shadows so full of subtext and pathos that were blatantly hiding within the seemingly superficial.

His point of view was the rabbit hole. He left it up to the viewer to fall down it as deeply as they wanted to go.

Former model Tara Shannon was once referred to as "the woman of a thousand faces." Learn more about her on her official website.

Poetic Photography: Lecture With Paul Lange

IRIS Nights lecturer Paul Lange - pictured here in front of his stunning picture of Venus Williams - gave an impressive presentation on the art and technique of photography last night.

Some of the photos on the screen looked more like paintings or digitally constructed portraits then the straight film or digital photography which they truly are. But as Lange pointed out, that was his goal. He manipulated the photos during exposure in-camera by simply experimenting with chemical processing methods.

"A photo is not just a model posing. I want my photographs to be like paintings," said Lange. "I want them to be long living."

He even went into detail explaining how a photo could be double exposed, cross processed or dye transferred - terms that had all the non-photographers struggling to keep up.

"It's fun just playing with the rules. They work more often then they don't work so the key is to just try it," said Lange in reference to his experimental work.

Lange's diverse career led him to the world of fashion, photographing top models and celebrities from around the globe. He combined his fine art training with the fashion staples of good hair, makeup and perfect lighting to create his unique and polished style. Lange still creates all of his photographs in-camera and does not digitally alter them in post-production.

Lange explained that digital filters don't have the poetry that film does. "There is a translucent quality that you get by chance with film..." said Lange passionately, "otherwise it is too uniform."

Lange kept coming back to ideas of mystery, chance, passion and poetry relying on the imagery of a 'paint-like quality' to describe his photographic style.

His unique photographs were not the sole reason this night was different from our other lectures; last night was also the first time the Annenberg Space for Photography held two lectures by a photographer in one evening.

The night was so successful that we hope to do more double-header lectures in the future, giving our guests twice the opportunity to attend!

Thank you Paul Lange for giving two lovely presentations!

(All lecture photos by Unique for the Space)

'Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film Goes To Tribeca

We're very excited and proud to announce that The Annenberg Space for Photography’s original exhibition documentary, WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: The Film, has been selected as an official entry in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The short film will be in the category of "Shorts in Competition: Documentary." You may recall the film was part of last summer's record-breaking show, WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL and features photographs, interviews and behind the scenes footage with acclaimed photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. as well as musicians Henry Rollins, Debbie Harry, Noel Gallagher and several others.

WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: THE FILM will screen for the public over several days at the Tribeca Film Festival.

For more information about tickets for press or the general public click here.

Public Screening Schedule    Date       Time     Venue
Premiere Screening 4/20/2013 12:00 PM         AV71
2nd Screening 4/23/2013 9:30 PM         CCC9
3rd Screening 4/26/2013 7:00 PM           CCC5
4th Screening 4/28/2013 5:00 PM           TC2
       
Press & Industry Screening Schedule    Date Time    Venue
Press Screening 4/23/2013 10:30 AM     CCC9

Screening Venues

Chelsea Clearview Cinemas (CCC5 & 9)
260 West 23rd Street
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

AMC Village 7 (AV7-1)

66 Third Avenue @ 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tribeca Cinemas (TC2)
54 Varick Street
(Below Canal Street, at Laight Street)
New York, NY 10013

Last year, our short film Beauty Culture screened at Tribeca.

Watch the trailer for WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: The FIlm here.

Watch Helmut Newton Shoot Eva Herzigova For 'Vogue'

Last month, we brought you a vintage House of Style video clip that featured a behind-the-scenes of a Helmut Newton photoshoot with Cindy Crawford. 

Here's another clip from that show (circa the early 1990s), which features model Eva Herzigová in a shoot for Vogue magazine. In the video, Newton dispenses some wisdom on his photography, such as the belief that some people tend to overanalyze his images.

"People...they a look at magazines like Vogue," he says, "and they analyze, kind of politically, socially, pictures that are just a fashion photograph."

Click "read more" to watch the video clip.

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