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Photogenius

Magazine article Filmmaker

Photogenius

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ON 2 JEBENSTRASSE IN THE CHARLOTtenburg neighborhood of Berlin sits the Helmut Newton Museum, and upstairs, past the towering "Big Nudes" flanking the marble steps and above the loving recreation of the great photographer and artist's home office, are two small but arresting portraits taken by his wife, June. Titled The End of Helmut, the B&W pictures capture Newton on an ambulance gurney moments after his car crashed into the brick wall just outside of Los Angeles's Chateau Marmont Hotel in 2004. Newton died in the accident, and these photos are the final collaboration between him and June, also known as "Alice Springs," a photographer whose own work trained a gentler gaze on some of the same subjects that Newton used to create his brilliant dream images of the wealth, desires and fetishes of our decadent upper classes.

But 15 years before she snapped those final pictures of her husband, June Newton captured her husband at work in Helmut by June (airing this spring on Cinemax), an intimate and often surprising documentary that opens a lens onto Newton's artistic process. And now, acting as executive producer, director Brett Ratner has helped create a new version of the film with an intro he filmed in which June talks about her husband and their 55 years together. …

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