Woman into Man

CODE: ON1384
Helmut Newton and David Bowie were close friends through the 80’s working together on many portraits of both David Bowie and his alter-ego, Ziggi Stardust. In many ways, ‘Women into Man’ shows the influence of Bowie’s Ziggi Stardust on Newton’s transgressive ideas of gender. Shot for Vogue in 1976, Newton presents two women as an avante-garde conception of femininity- at once masculine and promiscuous. Situated in a hotel lobby, Newton plays with themes of self-control and the boundaries between the public and private spheres. Much of Newton’s androgynous work featured the clothes of Yves Saint Laurent, the designer whose career Newton helped to launch.
This is a rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in strictly limited edition 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. The print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this 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 vintage print has been stored in conservation condition.

Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print

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