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TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2015


Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004) was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications."

Newton was born in Berlin, the son of Klara "Claire" (née Marquis) and Max Neustädter, a button factory owner. His family was Jewish. Newton attended the Heinrich-vontreitschke-Realhumnasium and the American School in Berlin. Interested in Photography from the age of 12 he purchased his first camera. He worked for the German photographer Yva de Elsie Neulander Simon from 1936.

The increasingly oppressive restrictions placed on Jews by the Nuremberg laws meant that his father lost control of the factory in which he manufactured buttons an buckles. He was briefly interned in a concentration camp in Kristalnacht 9 November 1938, which finally compelled the family to leave Germany. Newton's parents fled to South America. He was issued with a passport just after turning 18 and left Germany on 5 December 1938. At Trieste he boarded the Conte Rosso intending to journey to China. Afrer arriving in Singapore he found he was able to remain there, first briefly as a photographer for the Straits Times and then as a portrait photographer.

Newton was interned by British authorities while in Singapore, and was sent to Australia on board the Queen Mary arriving in Sydney on 27 September 1940. Internees travelled to the camp at Tatura, Victoria by train under armed guard. He was released from internment in 1942, and briefly worked as a fruit picker in Northern Victoria. In April 1942, he enlisted with the Australian Army and worked as a truck driver. After the war in 1945, he became a British subject and changed his name to Newton in 1946. In 1948, he married actress June Browne, who performed under the stage name June Brunell. She later became a successful photographer under the ironic pseudonym Alice Springs (after Alica Springs, the central Australian town).

In 1946, Newton set up a studio in fashionable Flinders Lane in Melbourne and worked on fashion and theatre photography in the affluent post-war years. He shared his first joint exhibition in May 1953 with Wolfgang Sievers, a German refugee like himself who had also served in the same company. The exhibition of 'New Visions in Photography' was displayed at the Federal Hotel in Collins street and was probably the first glimpse of  New Objectivity photography in Australia. Newton went into partnership with Henry Talbot, a fellow German Jew who had also been interned at Tatura, and his association with the studio continued even after 1957, when he left Australia for London. The studio was renamed 'Helmut Newton and Henry Talbot'.





Newton's growing reputation as a fashion photographer was rewarded when he secured a commission to illustrate fashions in a special Australian supplement for Vogue magazine, published in January 1956. He won a 12-month contract with British Vogue and left for London in February 1957, leaving Talbot to manage the business. Newton left the magazine before the end of his contract and went to Paris, where he worked for French and German magazines. He returned to Melbourne in March 1959 to a contract for Australian Vogue.


Newton settled in Paris in 1961 and continued to work as a fashion photographer. His images appeared in magazines including the French edition of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes, often with sado-masochistic and fetishistic subtexts. A heart attack in 1970 reduced Newton's output, but his profile continued to increase, especially with his 1980 "Big Nudes" series, which marked the pinnacle of his erotic-urban style, underpinned with excellent technical skills. Newton also worked in portraiture and more fantastical studies.


In his later life, Newton lived in both Monte Carlo and Los Angeles, California. He was in an accident on 23 January 2004, when his car sped out of control and hit a wall in the driveway of the Cateau Marmont Hotel, which had for several years served as his residence in Southern California. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His ashes are buried next to Marlene Dietrich at the Städtischer Friedhof III in Berlin.



TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2015

ALEX PROBA - A POSTER A DAY

Alex Proba is a graphic designer, illustrator and art director originally from Lüdenscheid, Germany.  She was educated at the Akademie Mode und Design Hamburg Germany, where she studied Spatial and Graphic Design and at the Design Academy Eindhoven Netherlands, where she focused on Product and Furniture Design. In 2011 Alex moved to New York where she currently is a Design Director at Mother New York. Before that she was an Art Director at Kickstarter working on the online and offline brand experience, as well as brand identity. Prior to her jump into the startup world, she gathered experience at architecture and product design studios in New York, Berlin and Eindhoven.


TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2015

This is the work of George Hurrell (1904 - 1992) as interpreted by his biographer Mark A. Vieira (b. 1950). Hurrell was the American photographer who created the Hollywood glamour portrait. Vieira makes archival photographic prints from vintage negatives using traditional darkroom technology. From 1929 to 1992 Hurrell was the “Rembrandt of Hollywood,” using bold contrast and seductive poses to create iconic portraits of stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Diana Ross, and Bette Midler. His photos of Jane Russell sulking in a haystack made the unknown girl a star—without a film credit to her name. He immortalized leading male stars—both of film and music—such as Clark Gable, Harrison Ford, and Paul McCartney. Mark A. Vieira is America's foremost expert on Hollywood glamour photography. In 1975, his darkroom work brought him to the attention of George Hurrell, who was then preparing his first book, The Hurrell Style. Vieira helped Hurrell secure images he had shot forty-five years earlier and then printed them to the artist’s specifications. Thus began Vieira’s work with the artists of the studio system, including Clarence Sinclair Bull, Laszlo Willinger, and Ted Allan. From them he learned to print the Hollywood glamour portrait. The resulting work, whether made for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century-Fox, the Kobal Collection, or the artists themselves, has preserved this photographic idiom in archival prints of peerless quality. Vieira is the author of Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits, Cecil B. DeMille, George Hurrell's Hollywood, and twelve other books.


MONDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2015 

  

Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2, Canada                                                      


 In Alone Together, Andrew Valko continues his suite of paintings that challenges the very act of looking. In his drive-in theater scenes, Valko highlights the disparate experience of romantic projection and celebrity worship set amidst the banal and everyday; the flatness of the prairie landscape attesting to the mundane bordering on wasteland. As Valko confronts us with our own gaze through his own obsessive voyeuristic rendering of the female figure, it forces us to ask ourselves, what does it mean to look? What do we see and what does that say about ourselves? In Alone Together, looking becomes a mirror that confronts us with our cultural condition; our own tendencies to desire, fantasize, romanticize, fetishize and insist on living within a world of images. Such a mirror culminates in a tension between the realism of the painting with the superficiality of illusion in which the world of images is constructed. 
 About the Artist
Andrew Valko was born in 1957 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He came to Canada in 1968. He received his Diploma in Graphic Design and Applied Arts from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied printmaking at Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo, Japan. In 1995, Valko was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. 

Andrew Valko

Beauty Secrets, 2015


Exhibition credits include numerous national and international solo and group shows in Canada, USA, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. He has done commissions for Canada Post Corporation and Royal Canadian Mint, and was commissioned by the The University of Manitoba to paint a portrait of the Chancellor Harvey Secter and the Manitoba Government to paint a portrait of premier Gary Filmon and Gary Doer, and the Speaker of the House Louise Dacquay, Deni Rocan and George Hicks. In 2009 he was a winner of the Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition. 

 


Andrew Valko

Dusk to Dawn, 2015