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Helmut Newton

Born in: 1920

Germany

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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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Helmut Newton, Jenny Kapitan, Pension Dorian, Berlin, Print

Helmut Newton

Jenny Kapitan, Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Paris, Print

Helmut Newton

Paris, 1975
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Helmut Newton, Berlin Nude, Print

Helmut Newton

Berlin Nude, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Patti Hansen over Manhattan, Print

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Patti Hansen over Manhattan, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Croix Valmer, Print

Helmut Newton

Croix Valmer, 1976
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Helmut Newton, In a garden near Rome, Print

Helmut Newton

In a garden near Rome, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Mannequins, Quay D'Orsay II, Print

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Mannequins, Quay D'Orsay II, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Iassara - Rue Ambriot, Paris, Print

Helmut Newton

Iassara - Rue Ambriot, Paris, 1977
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Helmut Newton, Saddle I, Paris, Print

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Saddle I, Paris, 1980
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Helmut Newton, Arcangues, Print

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Arcangues, 1975
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Helmut Newton, In my Studio, Paris, Print

Helmut Newton

In my Studio, Paris, 1978
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Bergstrom, Paris, 1976
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Capri at night, 1977
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Hotel Room, Place de la République, 1976
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Interior, Nice, 1976
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