‘Upstairs at Maxim’s’ (1978) indulges in one of Newton’s most famous motifs - the mannequin. Set in a famous French restaurant, Newton subtly plays with our optical capacity to read suggested form. For only after one notices the detached hand of the model does Newton’s work reveal is imaginative artificiality. This clever illusion presents not fashion as the subject of the photo but Newton’s witty creativity. The mannequin was to constantly recur within Newton’s imagery, influenced by his interest in Surrealist sculpture and its ability to create interesting dialogues surrounding agency, irreality and sincerity of fashion.
Original Silver Gelatin, 1978
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