Image: Helmut Newton, [Elsa Peretti, New York], 1975. Copyright Helmut Newton Estate, Courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation.

Image: Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti, New York, 1975. Copyright Helmut Newton Estate, Courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation.

Icons Cindy Sherman and Helmut Newton to be honoured at PHOTO 2022


Two icons of photography will be honoured during this year's Festival.

Presented by the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica in partnership with the Helmut Newton Foundation is HELMUT NEWTON: In Focus that will reveal the extraordinary life of one of the most prominent and provocative fashion photographers of all time: Helmut Newton.


HELMUT NEWTON: In Focus delves into Newton’s early life, shining a light on his Jewish roots and youth in Berlin, his flight from Germany at the outbreak of WWII, and his internment at Tatura in regional Victoria as an enemy alien. It explores his post-war life and work in Melbourne and shares details of his relationship with his Australian-born wife, the acclaimed actress, artist and photographer June Newton, who worked under the pseudonym Alice Springs.


Showcasing an expansive collection of Newton’s most recognisable works, HELMUT NEWTON: In Focus presents an electrifying look at the daring and often controversial images that established his reputation as one of the most sought-after photographers of the twentieth century.

Image: Cindy Sherman, [Untitled Film Still], 1980. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Cindy Sherman.

Image: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still, 1980. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Cindy Sherman.

“I’m trying to make other people recognise something of themselves rather than me.”


One of the most influential artists of the modern era, Cindy Sherman experiments with identity and performance, playing with visual references and codes drawn from popular culture.


Untitled Film Stills—her most celebrated series—is a suite of black-and-white photographs made between 1977 and 1980 in which the artist poses as various generic female film characters, from ingénue to seductress, secretary to lonely housewife. By photographing herself in these roles, Sherman inserts herself into a dialogue about stereotypical portrayals of women.


Untitled Film Still is the largest single work at PHOTO 2022, installed across the entire Flinders Street facade of the Atrium at Fed Square, overlooking Hosier Lane. This iconic image is integrated into the urban landscape, introducing Sherman’s work to a new generation.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March