Viviane F., Hotel Volney

1972, printed 1984
Silver Gelatin Photograph

From Private Property Suite II. Signed, numbered in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

Frame: 20 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches

Helmut Newton’s photograph “Viviane F., Hotel Volney” captures a scene of cinematic allure and intrigue. The model, with her chic black French bob and stylish attire, exudes an air of sophistication as she sits on a bed in a pose of contemplation. Dressed in black undergarments, stockings, and shoes, she epitomizes elegance and allure.

The model’s makeup is impeccably done, enhancing her features and adding to the sense of glamour. Adorned with jewelry, she exudes a sense of luxury and refinement. Behind her, discarded gloves, a purse, and a telephone on the bed hint at a moment of intimacy interrupted or a scene of departure, adding layers of narrative complexity to the image.

In the background, a television emits a soft glow, contributing to the ambiance of a hotel room filled with mystery and possibility. A pile of suitcases suggests a transient existence or perhaps the end of a journey, further heightening the sense of intrigue and narrative tension.

Newton’s meticulous composition and keen eye for detail create a visual narrative that captivates the viewer, inviting them to contemplate the story behind the image. “Viviane F., Hotel Volney” is a testament to Newton’s mastery of capturing moments of enigmatic beauty and allure, where every element contributes to the creation of a cinematic tableau.