"David Bowie Jail Cell, 1983" Fine Art Vintage Silver Gelatin by Helmut Newton PhotographySold Out
This is a photographic Art featuring David Bowie from Helmut Newton's Private Property Collection. This image appeared in US Vogue in 1983 and 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. Bowie and Newton shared a mutual respect for each other's creative genius, and became great personal friends, as well as Bowie becoming an avid collector of Newton's work.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
Helmut Newton’s Private Property Collection of vintage prints is available by ratified legal agreement with the Helmut Newton Estate and Foundation in the Superior Court of LA, California and recorded in the United States Copywrite Office. All prints are delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity that details ownership rights by legal agreement.
In it, Newton features the iconic motifs of his work- casting the intimacy of the night into the reality of the day, the clothing of the private into the sphere of the public and perhaps most masterfully, the voyeuristic gaze. From every window within the skyscrapers, we sense powerful gazes looking down on Peretti.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Helmut Newton (1920 – 2004) was one of the most renowned photographers who revolutionized fashion photography by his trend-setting body of work. His unique images are coveted worldwide by collectors and aficionados of photographic art.
His passion for photography developed very early, dropped out of school and took up a job with a famous German photographer Else Simon. But his ambitions suffered a blow as his family had to leave Germany due to the German campaign against Jews and Newton found himself in Singapore. But even here, he pursued his photographic interests, although he did not achieve success.
Soon, photography took a backseat as Newton had to serve in the “Australian Army” for five years. But, just as the war ended and after years of being shunted from place to place, Newton finally found himself a free man, with the freedom to pursue his dreams to start a photo studio to work on fashion photography.
For the next fifteen years, he built up a reputation for himself. Arriving in Paris he was hired immediately by French Vogue, commissioned by Playboy, had a heart attack at 50, and lived in Monte Carlo. Then in a final fling – or what Karl Lagerfeld poetically described as “his last picture taken by himself”, he crashed his Cadillac on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles and died on January 23, 2004, at the age of 83.
His style was characterized by bold, sensual and visually arresting portrayals of women shot aesthetically, with impeccable technical details. A visionary, Newton was ahead of his time and his work receives more appreciation today than it did in his lifetime.
Newton considered his “Private Property” portfolio to be his most significant and provocative accomplishment. This collection of scarce, timeless prints was gifted to Norman Solomon, Newton’s agent, as a thank you in recognition of Solomon’s promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985.
Each is an authorized historic photograph on gelatin silver paper and fully described on each Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of each historic print are supported by an original agreement with between Newton and Solomon in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012. All prints have been preserved in protected and controlled atmospheric conditions.