It was a beautiful summer day during the first week of August, but it was still way to early for me. Luckily there was enough space on the bus to nap all the way through. We arrived in the Dam at twelve o’clock. We had ten hours. Ten hours for two stops and a little exploring. So we grabbed a bite to eat and started our adventure. First stop was the Helmut Newton retrospective.
HELMUT NEWTON – RETROSPECTIVE @ FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Helmut Newton, born as Helmut Neustädter, was a iconic (fashion) photographer with a German-Australian nationality. His work was very provocative and erotic. He mainly worked in black-and-white but also has some work in color as well. Some of his close friends were Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. His pictures were publicized in big magazines like Vogue.
TIMELESS PICTURES IN FOAM
Entering the retrospective was like entering a certain vibe, a unique energy. A vibe reflected in the pictures themselves. Sometimes almost artificial, surreal, trippy or even sinister. But never too much. Newton portrayed mainly women, sometimes men and now and then some animals. He portrayed an image of a strong independent woman who is assertive, stylish, self-confident but most of all timeless.
STEPHEN SHORE – RETROSPECTIVE @ Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography
Stephen Shore is an American photographer. He helped shape contemporary photography as we know it today and inspired generations of photographers. He often selected subjects that weren’t seen as beautiful or photogenic. He alternates between black-and-white and color while barely breaking a sweat. In the art of photography Stephen Shore has been a pioneer in the use of color. He also experimented with a diversity of camera’s and formats.
Unlike Newton, Stephen was interested in the day-to-day things in life. He made mundane scenes, which tell a story, with one flick of his camera. He aimed for an amateurish aesthetic but still managed to make the pictures intrigue you. Even more so they tell a story. The whole retrospective is organied per project, time and place and ends with some conceptual work mixed with his famous aesthetics.