POA (photos of actual artwork)
In ‘Shoe’, we see Newton moving away from full-length portraits and towards more abstract explorations of line and form. Newton’s mastery of both suggestion and narrative, using sparing visual details, is unparalleled here. Time and again, Newton returned to the motif of the high heel as a symbol of both power and danger. While Shoe presents the first time he played with the motif, he would go on to take his iconic x-ray works of high heels, and even donning a pair in a now- famous self-portrait.
Image measures approximately 13x19 on a 16x20 silver gelatin sheet. Accompanied with Certificate of Authenticity detailing provenance and Estate Agreement.
This is a rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in small numbers from 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 were gifted to Newton’s agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985. This vintage fine art photograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012. This print has been stored in conservation condition.