Rue Aubriot is named after Hugues Aubriot, provost of Paris under Charles V. The latter is known to have taken measures of leniency with regard to the Jews of Paris. For this, he was accused of impiety, imprisoned in the Bastille, then released by mutineers. He is also the builder of the Bastille, on which he laid the first stone on April 22, 1370. It is also has the first sewers of Paris with vaults, docks and bridges.
Vibeke Knudsen standing alone in a lamp lit Parisian street. Styled in a deliberately androgynous outfit made up of Yves Saint Laurent's cult Le Smoking dinner jacket, pin-striped wide leg formal trousers and white tie, the photograph was to immortalize the Yves Saint Laurent aesthetic that took over the 70’s. Newton loved to shot outdoors and this night-time scene, using only the street lighting available, was directly drawn from the nocturnal photographs of his hero, Brassai. Recalling the shoot in an interview with New York Magazine in 1988 Newton said: 'Vibeke was a girl I often worked with in those days. The idea was a man-woman standing in the street at night - the street, in fact, in Paris' Marais district, where I lived for 14 years.’ Newton’s own house can be seen in the background.