Had I been living the way it seems from my photographs, I would have been dead for years; instead I have been leading a quiet life with my wife for half a century now - words to that effect were once said in an interview by the grand master of contemporary photography Helmut Newton. Newton married the Australian-born brunette June Browne on 13 May 1948; for the rest of his life she was the creative partner of the legendary fashion voyeur in addition to being his wife. Initially an aspiring actress, Browne later became a photographer working under the nom de plume of Alice Springs. In the public, Newton was known to make a joke or two at the expense of his spouse's pseudonym, claiming it had been chosen so as her pictures would not be associated with his name should they turn out to be rubbish. Joking aside, ever since the 1970s June Browne has been working hard on her photographer's career. During their married life, Newton and Browne were fond of taking each other's pictures; some of these portraits were published as an album under the title of Us and Them. Since 2005, Browne's works have been regularly exhibited in the special June's Room at the Newton Foundation.
The show at Maison Europeenee de la Photographie comprises over 200 photographs: advertising and fashion photographs, nudes and portraits, including a few nudes of her husband and Newton's portrait which features him wearing his legendary fetish item - stiletto heels.
Keywords: exhibition, Paris