Farewell June Newton

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“Self-Portrait, Rue Aubriot, Paris, 1972” by June Newton


On April 9th, 2021, we bid farewell to June Newton as she joins her love Helmut on the other side.

She radiated with kindness, but well know for her ‘to the point’ demeanour. When I visited openings at the Helmut Newton Foundation I would leave a bottle of Port in her room at Berlin’s Savoy as a birthday gift. Even had the opportunity to join her birthday dinners, singing and all, after press opening parties at Berlin’s Paris Bar.

With Helmut’s resting place next to Marlene Dietrich at Berlin’s Friedhof Stubenrauchstraße , June has kept her humor at his funeral noting ”Don’t worry. I can squeeze in.” She did that as she was laid to rest. May they both rest in eternal peace.


Here I am with June and Ralph Gibson before the opening of “Wanted” at HNF in Berlin in 2007.


My favourite photographs from the June Newton archives:


June’s “Mrs Newton” collection published by Bededikt Taschen and personally signed to me in Berlin.

INSPIRED : The Centennial of Helmut Newton

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Today we celebrate the Centennial of Helmut Newton’s birth ( Born: October 31, 1920, Berlin). I deeply appreciate and admire his work, particularly understanding his early life in Berlin in the 1930’s that undoubtedly influenced his approach to his photographs.
Below is a collection of quotes that I transcribed from the latest documentary of his life (The Bad & The Beautiful) that collectively describes his work. For now, I will leave it at that.

Helmut Newton standing in Yva’s studio in Hotel Bogota, Berlin
Photograph taken by and gifted to me by Joachim Rissman


Tono Stano and Helmut Newton in Prague’s Staré Mĕsto Photograph gifted to me by Tono Stano

Quotes : The Bad & The Beautiful


“You’re not going to get a lovely girl on a lovely beach. That’s not what he was about.”
Anna Wintour
“For me it’s very unpleasant. Not the man, but the work. I don’t expect a man to look like his work; especially when it’s about fantasy and dreams.”
Susan Sontag
“There is no neutrality…there is no right and wrong…everything is tainted with a point of view.”
Susan Sontag
“It’s a passion. An obsession. He’s obsessed.”
June Newton
“When I look at the pictures, they are different than me. It was his imagination. It was my imagination…”
Claudia Schiffer
“It’s actually extraordinary Helmut was accepted by the industry because he was much more dangerous, much more ambiguous and frightening than an Avedon or a Penn”
Anna Wintour
“It’s great to be a provocateur. That’s what the world needs, a form of provocation because it stimulates thoughts and it stimulates ideas.”
Charolette Rampling
“In a lot of these pictures (with me and very big white men), they want me, but I’m not available. I am so close….”
Grace Jones
“What we do in fashion…attraction and loveliness… the visions of loveliness…   do need work that is thought-provoking and sometime upset people.”
Anna Wintour
“You express the idea… (he is not) photographing you, (he is) photographing an idea that is in his head…and you are the vehicle…”
Isabella Rosellinni
“I learned to respect a piece of film…”
Helmut Newton

Lillian Bassman at London’s Atlas Gallery

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On the way home from launching my Lisbon exhibition “The Power of Femininity”, I was inspired to stop at London’s Atlas Gallery (www.Atlasgallery.com) for a rare exhibition of photographs by the Lillian Bassman (1917-2012). I have studied her work from my photo books for years, this being my first opportunity to see prints live. The Atlas curation was both stunning and impactful; all 27 images.

A prelude to her show on Art Rabbit (artrabbit.com) said it best: “Bassman’s work was significant in emphasizing the power of elegance, mystery, and gesture in fashion. Her prints, developed in high contrast and carefully over-exposed, are abstract, luminous, soft yet captivatingly dramatic”

It took years for me to personally be comfortable with my own favorite images which,  in pure technical views, might be considered flawed ( e.g., focus and exposure). I take solace in the fact that Bassman was obviously comfortable with this approach, with captivating results.

Leaving London with visions planted in my brain…


Ted Witek wins in London’s Black & White Spider Awards

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On October 26th in London, the 14th Annual Black and White Spider Awards nominated 9 of Ted Witek’s photographs (5 photographs in Fashion, 2 in Nude, 1 in Fine Arts and Silhouette). Ted Witek won 3 of these awards (2 in Fashion & 1 in Nude). Ted‘s work was selected among 6418 entries from 73 countries.

The winning photographs:


Miki, by Ted Witek


Sunday Afternoon, by Ted Witek




Fabrica Mannequim #1, by Ted Witek

With Carol Fonde and António José Costa

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With Carol Fonde and António José Costa….. My two longtime collaborators to whom I owe intense gratitude…. and the only printers who touch my negatives. I joke they have the ‘prima-donna gene’ of all master printers; but, they have honestly influenced my style and development of seeing photographically more than anyone. Carol is the world’s finest color printer (with early clients Newton and Avedon) coming to NYC weekly from Maine to teach color printing at Parsons. António, the master black and white printer at his Viragem laboratory in Lisbon, was in NYC for his maiden visit. I could not resist having them meet and celebrating our gift of light. They are an extension of my eyes. Thank you both.

Opening of the 20th anniversary exhibition of Helmut Newton’s SUMO

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Show Introduction commentary:
Dr Matthias Harder
Curator, Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin

Opening of the 20th anniversary exhibition of Helmut Newton’s SUMO and return of “Three Boys from Pasadena” ….. (l to r) Just Loomis, Benedikt Taschen, Dr Matthias Harder (Curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation) ….Ted and Matthias…… George Holz, Mark Arbeit, Joachim Rissmann. An exhibition of over 600 photographs including the entire SUMO collection.

NSEW Closing Reception in Cascais

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With sincere gratitude to the Cultural Center of Cascais and the Canadian Embassy in Portugal. PHOTO: This week’s closing reception of North South, East West in Lisbon

The image St. James Hotel, Montreal was chosen for the Foundation’s permanent collection. Picture l to r :  Isabel Alvarenga (Museum Director), Salvato Teles de Menezes (President of Foundation), TedWitek, Lisa Rice Madden (Ambassador of Canada to Portugal) and Joël Monfils (Conseiller to Ambassador).

Photo by Vitor Fortuna

North South, East West – Portugal Exhibition

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North South, East West

Ted Witek (1957-   ) was born and raised in Connecticut. He left the United States for Germany in 2001, moving to Portugal in 2004. He immediately fell in love with the country and its people.

Having the artistic good fortune to travel many times to the North and South of Portugal as well as to Madeira and the Azores, Ted found the country among the most visually stimulating places that he has visited. Whether watching youngsters jumping from all heights in the hot sun into the Douro River, discovering an abandoned  mannequin factory in Chiado, awaiting fishermen returning to shore in Sesimbra long before sunrise, or observing the biker celebrants of the Concentração de Motos in Faro, Ted was continuously inspired to capture a visual story.

Learning he would move to Canada in 2008, Ted immediately purchased a home in Azoia at Cabo Espichel where he now keeps a studio.

In 2012, Ted photographed all of beautiful Canada’s provinces for a new series entitled “Canadiana” with first edition prints auctioned for the Herbie Fund Charity at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (SickKids). This series brought him between the world’s longest coastlines, from the east’s land’s end at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia and as far west as Bennett Lake —- only reachable  by floatplane over the icefalls and glaciers of Yukon.

Hilda Yasseri, Curator


Images from the opening night at Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal




Ted Witek Permanent Gallery, Toronto

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Although I have exhibited my work in many beautiful galleries, I most often enjoy having my photographs available to view in an atypical space with some sense of life remaining after the vernissage wine glasses are put away.

KASPACE is an experience. You can walk in and out, or gaze for hours. It is an atmosphere of appreciation of art, fashion, design and music. Ted Witek Photography, I am proud to say, is a part of this space.

My photography is always on display at KASPACE with a revolving selection of images by curator Hilda Yasseri. Original photographs are available for immediate sale or through special order of original prints from the books and catalogs on display.

KASPACE – 185 Carla Avenue, Toronto