Helmut Newton permanent photography exhibition in West Berlin

Helmut Newton Foundation

The Helmut Newton Foundation / Museum für Fotografie displayed the work of Alice Springs, (the name under which June Newton photographs), from the 3rd June until 19th November 2023. Over 200 photographs were displayed in the museum to celebrate what would have been Springs’ 100th birthday. 

The Museum holds free admission for those aged up to 18, and they offer free admission on the Berlin’s museum Sundays (the first Sunday of every month) . The Helmut Newton Foundation typically showcases Newton’s work in a permanent exhibition and highlights his photography through different stages of his career. Newton and Springs married in 1948 where their photography became more entwined.

Despite Springs’ work having already been showcased at the Helmut Newton Foundation in 2010 and 2016, many of the images in the present retrospective exhibition have not been seen before by the public. The retrospective offers visitors of the museum a unique insight of her work. The museum invites visitors to discover Springs through her decades-long career in advertising, fashion, portraiture and documentary.

A unique aspect of her photography is that she had an ability to capture the essence and true nature of the people in her images. This is conveyed to the viewer and allows us to have an insight into the personality of her subjects. Little of her work is confined to a studio space, and the majority of her images can be seen to be taken in public spaces, or the homes of the models. 

In conclusion, Alice Springs: Retrospective at the Helmut Newton Foundation is a hugely worthwhile visit to any photography enthusiast, and offers a unique experience to see many of the artist’s images that have not been presented to the public before. You can also catch a look at what was going to be Newton and Springs’ apartment in the foundation before Newton’s death in 2004. 

Article and photo by Scout Johnstone

This article was part of our August 2023 magazine guide to Berlin:

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