Photography

Newton, Helmut (1920 - 2004)

Born in Berlin, Helmut Newton became the photographer, Yva’s, assistant in the mid-1930s and settled in Singapour in 1938 where he attempted to become a photojournalist, specialized in trivial news. Yet absurdly, the German photographer was so meticulous in his preparation that he often missed the moments he needed to capture. In this way, he turned to fashion photography just as his mentor, Yva, had. Eager to emphasize the concepts of power, luxury and money in his images, Helmut Newton chose a shocking, humorous and erotic aesthetic. Women dominated his world with their legs, boobs and butts highlighted in sensual and provocative tableaux along fetish objects that nonetheless diffused an air of severity. As a portraitist, he remained outrageous and asked the likes of Margaret Thatcher to cross her legs, Jean-Marie Le Pen to sit proudly with his dobermans - a reference to Hitler’s portrait with his dog - Catherine Deneuve to smoke sensually and Gianni Versace to pose naked. Yet in this world influenced by sex and scandal - the Jeu de Paume museum refused the photographer’s legacy as it was considered too obscene - Helmut Newton led a tranquil existence with his wife June, the muse, assistant and fellow photographer that attended all his shoots - ‘Photography will always be my first love but you will be my second’. Ironically the photographer died from a heart attack as he was leaving the Chateau Marmont, the ultimate Los Angeles symbol of all he had represented during his career: sexy, fame and influence.

Helmut Newton, Anthony Hopkins, 1996
Helmut Newton, Anthony Hopkins, 1996
Helmut Newton, Jeremy Irons, 1990
Helmut Newton, Jeremy Irons, 1990
Helmut Newton, Sting, Milan 1986
Helmut Newton, Sting, Milan 1986
Helmut Newton, Jack Nicholson, Los Angeles, 1985
Helmut Newton, Jack Nicholson, Los Angeles, 1985
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1967
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1967
Helmut Newton, Faye Dunaway, 1987
Helmut Newton, Faye Dunaway, 1987
Helmut Newton, David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini, 1986
Helmut Newton, David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini, 1986
Helmut Newton, Anita Ekberg, 1988
Helmut Newton, Anita Ekberg, 1988
Helmut Newton, Luciano Pavarotti, Vanity Fair, Monte Carlo 1993
Helmut Newton, Luciano Pavarotti, Vanity Fair, Monte Carlo 1993
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger, Paris, 1977
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger, Paris, 1977
Helmut Newton, Julie Delpy, 1990s
Helmut Newton, Julie Delpy, 1990s
Helmut Newton, Isabelle Huppert, Hotel Carlton, 1976
Helmut Newton, Isabelle Huppert, Hotel Carlton, 1976
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1986
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1986
Helmut Newton, Debra Winger, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Debra Winger, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, Paris, 1977
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, Paris, 1977
Helmut Newton, Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Gianni Versace, Lake Como, 1994
Helmut Newton, Gianni Versace, Lake Como, 1994
Helmut Newton, Nastassja Kinski, Hollywood, 1983
Helmut Newton, Nastassja Kinski, Hollywood, 1983
Helmut Newton, Françoise Sagan, Paris, 1963
Helmut Newton, Françoise Sagan, Paris, 1963
Helmut Newton, Gianni Versace, Lake Como, 1994
Helmut Newton, Gianni Versace, Lake Como, 1994
Helmut Newton, Sophia Loren, 1970s
Helmut Newton, Sophia Loren, 1970s
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 1991
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 1991
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Vogue Italia, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Vogue Italia, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Raquel Welch, Los Angeles, 1980
Helmut Newton, Raquel Welch, Los Angeles, 1980
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles, 1983
Helmut Newton, Paloma Picasso, Saint Tropez, 1973
Helmut Newton, Paloma Picasso, Saint Tropez, 1973
Helmut Newton, David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1983
Helmut Newton, David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1983
Helmut Newton, Nicolas Cage, 1988
Helmut Newton, Nicolas Cage, 1988
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1970s
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1970s
Helmut Newton, June Newton, Paris, 1972
Helmut Newton, June Newton, Paris, 1972
Helmut Newton, Carla Bruni with Family photos, at home in Cavalière, France, 1992
Helmut Newton, Carla Bruni with Family photos, at home in Cavalière, France, 1992
Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Vogue Uomo, Paris, 1974
Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Vogue Uomo, Paris, 1974
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver in
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver in "Death and the Maiden", Vanity Fair, 1995
Helmut Newton, Ava Gardner, London, 1984
Helmut Newton, Ava Gardner, London, 1984
Helmut Newton, Monica Vitti, Vanity Fair, Rome, 1986
Helmut Newton, Monica Vitti, Vanity Fair, Rome, 1986
Helmut Newton, Jodie Foster, 1987
Helmut Newton, Jodie Foster, 1987
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, 1992
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, 1992
Helmut Newton, June Newton/ Alice Springs, 1980s
Helmut Newton, June Newton/ Alice Springs, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Jodie Foster, American Vogue, Hollywood, 1987
Helmut Newton, Jodie Foster, American Vogue, Hollywood, 1987
Helmut Newton, Anjelica Huston, Los Angeles, 1986
Helmut Newton, Anjelica Huston, Los Angeles, 1986
Helmut Newton, Salvador Dalí, Vanity Fair, Figueras, Spain, 1986
Helmut Newton, Salvador Dalí, Vanity Fair, Figueras, Spain, 1986
Helmut Newton, Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren, Los Angeles, 1985
Helmut Newton, Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren, Los Angeles, 1985
Helmut Newton, Béatrice Dalle, 1990
Helmut Newton, Béatrice Dalle, 1990
Helmut Newton, Kim Basinger, Santa Monica, 1986
Helmut Newton, Kim Basinger, Santa Monica, 1986
Helmut Newton, David Hockney, 1975
Helmut Newton, David Hockney, 1975
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger, c. 1978
Helmut Newton, Mick Jagger, c. 1978
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, 1992
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, 1992
Helmut Newton, Jude Law, 2001
Helmut Newton, Jude Law, 2001
Helmut Newton, David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles, 1986
Helmut Newton, David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles, 1986
Helmut Newton, Mirella Petteni, 1966
Helmut Newton, Mirella Petteni, 1966
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Mickey Rourke, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles 1983
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles 1983
Helmut Newton, Carla Bruni with Family photos, at home in Cavalière, France, 1992
Helmut Newton, Carla Bruni with Family photos, at home in Cavalière, France, 1992
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling for Vogue, July 1976
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling for Vogue, July 1976
Helmut Newton, Monica Bellucci, Blumarine, 1993
Helmut Newton, Monica Bellucci, Blumarine, 1993
Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton by David Bailey, Cannes, 1983
Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton by David Bailey, Cannes, 1983
Helmut Newton, Valentino Bodywear Spring/Summer, 1983
Helmut Newton, Valentino Bodywear Spring/Summer, 1983
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Madonna, 1990
Helmut Newton, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen, 1991
Helmut Newton, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen, 1991
Helmut Newton, Vogue US, 1995
Helmut Newton, Vogue US, 1995
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann, 1993
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann, 1993
Helmut Newton, Monica Bellucci, 2001
Helmut Newton, Monica Bellucci, 2001
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann Vogue US, Sept. 1992
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann Vogue US, Sept. 1992
Helmut Newton, Vogue France, September 1964
Helmut Newton, Vogue France, September 1964
Helmut Newton, Stern, Los Angeles, 1980
Helmut Newton, Stern, Los Angeles, 1980
Helmut Newton, Bergstrom over Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Bergstrom over Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Vogue, 1964
Helmut Newton, Vogue, 1964
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann for Vogue, 1995
Helmut Newton, Nadja Auermann for Vogue, 1995
Helmut Newton, Lisa Taylor mid-seduction, Vogue, 1975
Helmut Newton, Lisa Taylor mid-seduction, Vogue, 1975
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1976
Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling, 1976
Helmut Newton, Roselyne, Chateau d'Arcangues, France, 1975
Helmut Newton, Roselyne, Chateau d'Arcangues, France, 1975
Helmut Newton, Models, Quai d'Orsay, Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Models, Quai d'Orsay, Paris, 1976
Helmut Newton, Vogue France, Paris 1975
Helmut Newton, Vogue France, Paris 1975
Helmut Newton, Roselyne, Chateau d'Arcangues, France, 1975
Helmut Newton, Roselyne, Chateau d'Arcangues, France, 1975
Helmut Newton, Suzy at home, Paris, 1974
Helmut Newton, Suzy at home, Paris, 1974
Helmut Newton, Fashion Calvin Klein, American Vogue, Saint Tropez, 1975
Helmut Newton, Fashion Calvin Klein, American Vogue, Saint Tropez, 1975
Helmut Newton, Fashion Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue France, Paris, 1979
Helmut Newton, Fashion Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue France, Paris, 1979
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