|The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin presents a trilogy of exhibitions: Alice Springs: The MEP Show, Helmut Newton: Yellow Press and Mart Engelen: Portraits. Three masters that makes us wonder through their amazing photographs.
Since 1970, June Newton, widow of the legendary photographer, has also worked as a photographer, under the pseudonym Alice Springs. She and Helmut Newton together have frequently exhibited their works together. In 2010, the first Alice Springs retrospective was hosted at the Helmut Newton Foundation; now, her second retrospective, organized in 2015 by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, will also be shown in Berlin. Alice Springs succeeds in capturing not only the look of her subjects, but also their aura.
The wordless dialogue that leads to such extraordinary portraits seems to stem from a kind of spiritual kinship. Intense portraits in both black & white and color are complemented by an expansive series of street photographs shot along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, where Alice attentively documented California’s developing punk and hip-hop scenes in the 1980s. Anarchic youth culture, at times characterized by radical hairstyles and shrill body piercings, rejected the notion of capitalist society. The images exude a sense of empathy for their human subjects, and it is the noticeable curiosity that continues to make the work of Alice Springs powerful and interesting today.