"Pirelli's Calendar May 1985" 16x20 Vintage Silver Gelatin Print by Helmut Newton | Global Images USA
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"Pirelli's Calendar May 1985" 16x20 Vintage Silver Gelatin Print by Helmut Newton


Rare Helmut Newton vintage silver gelatin image featuring iconic Formula 1 driver and team coach Niki Lauda. The pictorial featured Lauda after his famous accident that left his face badly burned resulting in him wearing the mask in the image for months. Lauda continued his dominant run in F1 motorsports recently passing away in 2020 at the helm of the dominating Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team featuring Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.  

When in the spring of 1985, Pirelli Italia asked Helmut Newton to envision the Calendar, the company did not place any restrictions on his creativity, but specified that the Pirelli product had to appear in the photographs. This was a new development, not just for the renowned photographer but also for the Calendar, which until then had focused on evocative images that were far removed from Pirelli’s core business. The result was a stunning calendar series of images that remained mostly unseen until 2014.

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.  

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.

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This collection of vintage prints were gifted to Newton’s agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had performed producing the "Private Property" collection and promoting a series of exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles in 1985. The collection was legally transferred to Solomon in 1986 via written agreement and further ratified in legal settlement in 2012 with the Helmut Newton Estate and Foundation in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, California, and recorded in the United States Copyright Office. This vintage print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon that details his ownership rights and authenticity supported by legal agreement. Read more about Norman Solomon and the "Private Property" collection. Read more.

About the Artist

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the world’s most celebrated photographers whose uniquely edgy imagery is coveted worldwide by collectors and aficionados of photographic art. Mr. Newton’s “Private Property” exhibitions were produced by agreement in Paris, London and New York City in 1985. Read more about Helmut Newton.  Read more.

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