Self Portrait with Wife and Models

A rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in limited numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985.


Self Portrait with Wife and Models features June Newton, Helmut Newton and Sylvia Gobbel.

The shoot was about trench coats for French Vouge Homme. Helmut told the editor “You know I don’t like to shoot male models. Male models are just like an accessory for me, like shoes, hat or belt. I never will shoot men as I shoot women.”

Newton’s idea was to shoot Sylvia Gobbel naked in front of a mirror and wear the trench coat himself. June Newton was not supposed to be in the picture but she arrived early for lunch and so Helmut had June sat down beside the mirror.

The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to.

Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights

Photoshoot Details

Location : Vouge Studio, Paris, France
Models    : Helmut Newton, June Newton
                     and Sylvia Gobbel


Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


Image Size: 19.5 inches x 19 inches
Sheet Size: 24 inches x 20 inches


Pointed in or around 1984, this vintage photograph was one of several that Newton gave or sold to friends and acquaintances. Most were discarded or destroyed over time. This particular picture was given to an acquaintance in France around the time of Newton’s Private Property Exhibitions. It has been acquired for ONGallery from its original owner by Norman Solomon, who knew Helmut very well and who, with John Dunnicliff, produced those Exhibitions


This fine art vintage photograph comes with a letter of provenance signed by Norman Solomon and supported by agreements validated by US courts validating Solomon and Dunnicliff’s relationship with Newton.

Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

Your Investment Opportunity

This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.