20 of 23 portraits of Charlotte Rampling
by Helmut Newton
bromide print, 19 October 1973
18 3/8 in. x 12 1/4 in. (462 mm x 313 mm)
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- Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Photographer. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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This photograph was taken for Vogue in the Hotel Nord-Pinus, Arles. The filmic quality and tone of sexual audacity are characteristic of the photographer Helmut Newton's work. The point of view is voyeuristic, suggesting an unspoken drama between photographer and subject.
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- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 289 Read entry
The daughter of an army officer and Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Rampling first made a name in the early 1960s as a fashion model, but soon moved into films, playing in the quintessentially sixties pieces The Knack and How To Get It (1965) and Georgy Girl (1966). Over the years, in films such as The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), Farewell My Lovely (1975) and Paris by Night (1989), her screen persona has become increasingly cool and sophisticated, a spellbinding femme fatale with almond eyes. She lives in France with her husband, the musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre.
Helmut Newton was born in Berlin and trained there with the fashion and theatre photographer Yva. He left Germany in 1938, first for Singapore, and later Australia, where he worked as a freelance photographer, and met his wife June, the photographer Alice Springs. In 1955 the couple left Australia for Europe, and settled in Paris. They now live in Monaco. Newton is one of the world’s best known fashion photographers, but since the late 1970s portraiture has been his main interest. His habitual subject is the international jet-set, on which he casts an ironic eye. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, in recent years particularly Vanity Fair, and he has published several books, including 47 Nudes (1982), World Without Men (1984) and Helmut Newton: Portraits (1987). In 1988 the National Portrait Gallery held a retrospective exhibition of his portrait works. His photograph of Charlotte Rampling at the Hôtel Nord Pinus, Arles, is one of his earliest portraits, but entirely characteristic in its use of an elaborate mise-en-scène and tone of sexual audacity. The point of view is voyeuristic, suggesting an unspoken drama between photographer and subject.
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 231
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait (9 January 2016 - 11 September 2016)
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Events of 1973back to top
Current affairsWith the international oil crisis, and British coal miners 'working to rule' (a form of partial strike), Prime Minister Edward Heath implements the 'three day week' for industry in order to prolong fuel stocks.
Art and sciencePink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon. The album opens with the sound of a heartbeat and instead of a set of individual songs, each track merges into the next to create a continuous piece of music. The LP was one of the most commercially successful albums of all time.
InternationalThe Arab-Israeli conflict continues with the Yom Kippur War. Egypt and Syria invaded Israel followed shortly by Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The conflict lasted for just 18 days before a UN ceasefire was put into place. The events led to an increase in the price of Arab oil, causing economic problems in the West.
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