Helmut Newton: Born in 1920 in Berlin to a prosperous Jewish family, the teenaged Newton left Germany in 1938 after the escalation of Nazi violence. He went first to Singapore, where he lived for several years, and then to Australia. There he would meet his future wife and collaborator, June Newton (who is also known as the photographer Alice Springs), and begin his career in fashion photography. Newton lived in London in the late 1950s before achieving commercial success in Paris at French Vogue in the
Helmut Newton worked for every major fashion magazine in Europe and the
USA Including French, Italian,
German & British Vogue, Stern, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire. Newton's repertoire
featured fashion’s dark side, a photographer who fundamentally changed the terms of the fashion image.
Over the last
he has brought a unique mixture of style, and theatre to fashion photography and has shaped not only magazine imagery, but fashion
itself. Helmut Newton's
fashion photography portraits record the opulent worlds of highly stylized and privileged people. He is able to illuminate the quirks and pretensions of his famous subjects without judging them. His sitters are drawn from the worlds of
art and cinema.