Taken on a beach in St Tropez, ‘Surprise’ encapsulates the conception of femininity that Helmut Newton sought to portray through his photography. At once, both elegantly serene and sexually promiscuous, independent and an object of male gaze, Newton juxtaposes the quiet contemplation of the sitter with confrontational physicality of the woman approaching. Newton’s femininity was equal parts sophisticated and unrestrained.
Original Silver Gelatin, 1981
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