Women into Man
Helmut Newton

Women into Man


Helmut Newton and David Bowie were close friends through the 80’s working together on many portraits of both David Bowie and his alter-ego, Ziggi Stardust. In many ways, ‘Women into Man’ shows the influence of Bowie’s Ziggi Stardust on Newton’s transgressive ideas of gender. Shot for Vogue in 1976, Newton presents two women as an avante-garde conception of femininity - at once masculine and promiscuous. Situated in a hotel lobby, Newton plays with themes of self-control and the boundaries between the public and private spheres. Much of Newton’s androgynous work featured the clothes of Yves Saint Laurent, the designer whose career Newton helped to launch.

Original Silver Gelatin, 1979

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