Helmut Newton

Born in 1920 - Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Helmut Newton was born in 1920 in Berlin as Helmut Neustädter. He resides in Berlin-Schöneberg. From 1930 until 1934 he attends school at the Heinrich von Treitschke Realgymnasium in Berlin-Schöneberg.

From 1936 until 1938 he does an apprenticeship with the portrait, nude and fashion photographer Yva (Else Simon, neé Neuländer) in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In 1938 he flees Berlin via train at zoo station towards Trieste, taking with him two stills cameras. He finds work in singapore at the “Singapore Straits Times.”

In 1940 he arrives in Australia and serves for five years in the Australian Army. In 1946 becomes an Australian citizen. In 1947 he meets actress June Brunell, who poses as a model for him. They marry one year later. In 1956: extended travels through Europe. In London Helmut Newton acquires a one-year contract at British Vogue, which he quits after 11 months. Thereafter in Paris and return to Melbourne; contract with Australian Vogue.

In 1961 he goes back to Paris, takes apartment in the rue Aubriot in Marais quarter. Full-time position with French Vogue, occasional editorial photography for British Vogue and Queen. 1964 - 1966 editorials for French Elle.

In 1964 he acquires a small house and vineyard in Ramatuelle, not far from St. Tropez, where Helmut and June Newton will spend their future vacations. In 1966 he renews the contract with French Vogue under the new editor-in-chief Francine Crescent. In 1970 June Newton (alias Alice Springs) begins her career as a photographer: when her husband is ill, she steps in to shoot a cigarette advertisement.

In 1971 Helmut Newton suffers a heart attack in New York. In 1975 he has his first exhibitions as a commercially successful photographer: first solo exhibit in the Nikon Gallery in Paris. In 1976 is published his first volume of photographs, White Women.

In 1981 Helmut and June Newton move from Paris to Monaco; they will spend the winter months in Los Angeles. In 1990 he is awarded the French “grand prix national de la photographie.” In 1992 he is awarded “officier des arts, lettres et sciences” in Monaco and the Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In 1996: commendation to “commandeur de l’ordre des arts et lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2000 the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin organizes a large retrospective for his 80th birthday, that travels to London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Prague, among others.

In 2003: formal agreement on the establishment of the Helmut Newton foundation in Berlin with the Prussian Cultural Heritage foundation (stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz).

Helmut Newton died in 2004 in Los Angeles. The Helmut Newton Foundation was opened shortly following his death.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTD SHOWS

1975
canon gallery, amsterdam
galerie nikon, paris

1976
helmut newton / hideki fujii photographer´s gallery, london
nicholas wilder gallery, los angeles
pentax gallery, tokyo

1978
marlborough gallery, new york

1979
american center, paris
helmut newton canon gallery, geneva

1980
g. ray hawkins gallery, los angeles
helmut newton – special collection galerie watari, tokyo

1981
grands nus galerie daniel templon, paris
helmut newton - fotografie 1980 – 81 studio marconi, milan

1982
helmut newton - fotos 1980 – 81 galerie denise rené-hans meyer, dusseldorf
marlborough gallery, new york
galerie tanit, munich
thomas levi galerie, hamburg
photokina, cologne
helmut newton photographs `80 - 82 the columbia college galleries, chicago

1983
gallery asher-faune, los angeles
big nudes g. ray hawkins gallery, los angeles
31 nudes - photographs 1980 - 1981 olympus gallery, london
private property hamiltons gallery, london
private property – 3 portfolios christian cheneau galerie, paris

1984
photographies de mode musée de beau arts jules chéret, nice
la moda / i grandi nudi museo palazzo fortuny, venice
private property g. ray hawkins gallery, los angeles
mode et portrait musée d´art moderne de la ville de paris
private property – 3 portfolios christian cheneau galerie, paris

1985
new work g. ray hawkins gallery, los angeles
rétrospektive museo dell´automobile, turin
monte carlo galerie artis, monte carlo

1986
portretten/portraits foto foundation, amsterdam
retrospektive palais de l´europe, menton

1987
retrospektive rheinisches landesmuseum, bonn
nus inédits galerie daniel templon, paris
retrospektive musee de groninque, groningen
sie kommen fotografie forum, frankfurt

1988
retrospektive museum des 20. jahrhunderts, vienna
retrospektive forum böttcherstraße, bremen
retrospektive berlinische galerie/martin-gropius bau, berlin
neue akte galerie reckermann/photokina, cologne
new nudes hamiltons gallery, london
helmut newton - nouvelles images espace photographique de paris audiovisuell, paris
helmut newton - portraits national portrait gallery, london
private property olympus galerie, hamburg

1989
fashion photographs & portraits metropolitan teien art museum, tokyo
fashion photographs & portraits seibu art museum, funabashi
fashion photographs & portraits prefectural museum of art, fukuoka
helmut newton - nuevas imágenes fundacion caja de pensiones, madrid
helmut newton in moscow puschkin museum & perwaia galeria, moscow
helmut newton - new images galleria d´arte moderna, bologna
helmut newton - new images carlsberg glypothek gallery, copenhagen

1990
kunstform galerie, vienna
helmut newton fotografie hochschule für grafik und buchkunst, leipzig
fashion photographs & portraits prefectural museum of modern art, shiga
helmut newton fay gold gallery, atlanta
dressed and naked studio trisorio, naples

1991
fashion photographs & portraits museum of modern art, bratislava
biennale, lyon
naked & dressed hamiltons gallery, london

1992
naked & dressed in hollywood pascal de sarthe gallery, los angeles
eroticism in the 20th century aoyama bell commons, tokyo
eroticism in the 20th century mitsubishi-jisho artium, fukuoka
archives de nuit crédit foncier de france, paris
pina bausch und das tanztheater wuppertal galeria 54 ferdinand zimmermann, munich
v.i.p. very important portraits miramonti majestic grand hotel, cortina d´ampezzo (organized by photology, milan)

1993
helmut newton – ritratti di donna galleria carla sozzani, milan
archives de nuit villa médicis, rome
moda e ritratto centre culturel français de rome, rome
helmut newton – aus dem photographischem werk deichtorhallen, hamburg
eroticism in the 20th century navio museum, osaka

1994
archives de nuit centro andaluz de la fotografia, almeria
archives de nuit institute français de prague, prague
mes derniers nus galerie robert vallois, paris
helmut newton – aus dem photographischem werk josef albers museum, bottrop
helmut newton – aus dem photographischem werk fotomuseum winterthur, winterthur
helmut newton – aus dem photographischem werk castello di rivoli, turin
new editions + retrospective prints gallery sho contemporary art, tokyo
helmut newton fuji salon, tokyo
eva im bilde galerie claire fontaine, luxembourg

1995
archives du nuit galerie pierre nouvion, monte carlo
snap-shot in eroticism odakyu museum, tokyo
nude works 1992 – 1995 hamiltons gallery, london
private property photology s.r.l., milan
galerie kaess-weiss, stuttgart

1996
snap-shot in eroticism navio museum, osaka
impressions & polaroids galleria carla sozzani, milan
artforum vilka gallery, thessaloniki
fashion and phantasy a gallery for fine art photography, new orleans
helmut newton gallery kajikawa, kyoto

1997
photographien camera work, berlin
helmut newton in sweden hasselblad foundation, gothenburg

1998
from my archives (67 new portraits) visa pour l´image, international festival of photojournalism, perpignan
72 ore a roma galerie municipale, rome

1999
architecture and pornography castello di rivoli, turin
archives de nuit galerie wittenbrink, munich

2000
helmut newton – work neue nationalgalerie, berlin

2001
helmut newton – work barbican center, london
sex and landscapes galerie de pury & luxembourg, zurich
sex and landscapes mary boone gallery, new york
helmut newton – work international center of photography, new york
helmut newton – work museum für kunst und gewerbe, hamburg
sumo galeria moises perez de albeniz, pamplona
portraits, fashion and nudes staley + wise gallery, new york

2002
sex and landscapes rupertinum, salzburg
sex and landscapes ludwig museum, budapest
sex and landscapes the major gallery, london
sex and landscapes, new and unknown works galerie hans meyer, dusseldorf
sex and landscapes galleria gió marconi, milan
sie kommen andreas baumgartl galerie, munich
sex and landscapes galerie kaess-weiss, stuttgart
yellow press galerie de pury & luxembourg, zurich
helmut newton – work kunsthalle krems, krems
helmut newton – work photo españa, madrid
helmut newton - work daimura museum, osaka & tokyo
welcome to berlin galerie kicken, berlin

2003
sex and landscapes, rosalyne, making of the big nudes and polaroids a gallery for fine art photography, new orleans
retrospective house of photography, moscow
sex and landscapes aidan gallery, moscow
helmut newton – work nrw forum, dusseldorf
yellow press galleria carla sozzani, milan
sex and landscapes, yellow press arken museum, ishoj copenhagen
yellow press galerie daniel templon, paris
big nudes hamiltons gallery, london
love affair photography monika mohr galerie, hamburg
helmut newton – work leica gallery, prague

2004
sex and landscapes, yellow press retretti art center, kunsthalle helsinki
photographs gagosian gallery, beverly hills
sex and landscapes, us and them – helmut newton & alice springs helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton´s private property helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton polaroids camera work, berlin
helmut newton 01232004 – hommage to his soul gallery sho contemporary art, tokyo

2005
a gun for hire grimaldi forum, monte carlo
a gun for hire helmut newton foundation, berlin
sex and landscapes kunsthalle der hypo-kulturstiftung, munich
newtoniana photology, milan

2006
sex and landscapes palazzo reale, milan
men, war and peace - newton, nachtwey, la chapelle helmut newton foundation, berlin
fashion works – vintage- & contactprints 1962 – 1985 galerie johannes faber, vienna
yellow press, playboy projections helmut newton foundation, berlin

2007
helmut newton cook fine art, new york
72 ore a roma shenker culure club, turin
wanted – helmut newton, larry clark, ralph gibson helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton: xl hamiltons gallery, london

2008
helmut newton la fábrica galería, madrid
werke aus einer bremer privatsammlung weserburg museum für moderne kunst, bremen
pigozzi and the paparazzi helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton – fired helmut newton foundation, berlin

2009
werke aus einer bremer privatsammlung graphikmuseum pablo picasso, munster
helmut newton hamiltons gallery, london
sumo helmut newton foundation, berlin

2011
selected works hamiltons gallery, london
werke aus einer bremer privatsammlung/museum der moderne salzburg kunsthaus apolda, apolda
helmut newton – polaroids helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton: white women, sleepless night, big nudes the museum of fine arts houston, houston

2012
helmut newton 1920-2004 grand palais, paris
helmut newton: white women / sleepless nights / big nudes helmut newton foundation, berlin
helmut newton: world without men / archives de nuit helmut newton foundation, berlin

2013
helmut newton, onassis foundation, athens
helmut newton, museum of fine arts budapest
helmut newton, fotografiska museet, stockholm
helmut newton: white women / sleepless nights / big nudes palazzo delle espositioni, rome
helmut newton: white women / sleepless nights / big nudes annenberg space for photography, los angeles
helmut newton: paris berlin. exhibition grand palais 2012 helmut newton foundation, berlin


EXHIBITIONS – US AND THEM – HELMUT NEWTON & ALICE SPRINGS
1998
nikolaj contemporary art center, copenhagen

1999
museet for fotokunst, brandts klaedefabrik, odense
kunsthalle, rotterdam
maison européenne de la photographie, paris
galleria carla sozzani, milan

2000
museum of modern art, são paulo
joseph-haubrich-kunsthalle, cologne

2004
helmut newton foundation, berlin

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