Rare Signed 20x24 Silver Gelatin Print With Estate Stamp On Verso
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One of Newton's most popular images featuring supermodel Raquel Welch in her backyard in Beverly Hills in 1981. Very rare image. Original vintage silver gelatin print with Certificate of Authenticity.
Amazingly, despite the fact that Newton was known for his erotically charged photography, it was not until he was 59 years old that he shot his first nudes.
“It was not until 1980 that I photographed what I consider to be my first nude. In quick succession I executed the Big Nudes, the Naked and Dressed, and, in Los Angeles, the Domestic Nudes series. The fact that the models in these photographs were the same girls I used in my fashion work gave them a certain elegance and coolness that I was looking for in my work.” - Helmut Newton - on models. "American Photo", January/February 2000
This is a vintage silver gelatin print produced from one of a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985. Always unsigned, they were sent out to major publications to stimulate interest in a photographer’s work. Most were destroyed or written over; it is very rare to find them in immaculate condition.
This collection of vintage prints was gifted to Newton’s agents, Norman Solomon and John Dunnicliff, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a US-court's endorsed settlement