The Berlin Museum of Photography and the Helmut Newton Foundation are located right next door to the Zoo Metro Station, the name of which was once a symbol of the free world behind the Wall for the hard up citizens of the Communist block. The ground floor exposition is dedicated to Newton himself. The first reaction to some of the exhibits - shoes, jackets, cameras - may be slight puzzlement, but gradually you come to realise that this part of the museum is meant to create a very intimate impression, an illusion of having known the photographer personally. The system is quite simple actually: Newton's personal effects are combined with documentary photos and newspaper clippings. In other words, clothing items once owned by Newton - suits, tuxedos, sports shoes and patent leather shoes - are exhibited next to pictures of the man wearing them. Accessories used in Newton's legendary photographs - high-heeled shoes, chains, handcuffs - can be viewed in glass cases. The gem of the exhibition is a film made by Newton's wife who was his assistant all of her life. The footage demonstrates the process of Newton's work taking pictures of a number of legendary persons.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday 10 am - 10 pm.
Keywords: Berlin, photo museum, photographies