The striking work of Helmut Newton, most notably his black and white nudes, no doubt left a lasting impression on the imaginations of fashion photographers, past and present. A new exhibition curated by June Newton, “Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton,” pays homage to the late photographer as seen though the work of three of his protégés, Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis. June Newton chose the three for their closeness to Helmut; they first crossed paths with Newton in 1979 while students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and spent the next 25 years cultivating personal and influential relationships with the artist.
The exhibition’s accompanying book showcases the fruits of these unique bonds: rare photos, notes and personal journal entries supplement the individual work of the three photographers, whom, by now, have published photographs in Interview, Harper’s Bazzar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Through collages of these mementos, the book captures a moving creative journey between the three artists and their mentor. Below, excerpts from the exhibition and the book:
“Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton” runs from December 5, 2010 through January 30, 2010 at Clic Gallery, 255 Centre Street, New York.