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Helmut Newton (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.

Alice Springs, Portrait of Helmut Newton, 1970s
Alice Springs, Portrait of Helmut Newton, 1970s
Helmut Newton by David Fahey, Chateau Marmot, Hollywood, 1985
Helmut Newton by David Fahey, Chateau Marmot, Hollywood, 1985
Helmut Newton and Gunilla Lindblad jumping along La Croisette in Cannes, 1976. Photo  by Mary Russell
Helmut Newton and Gunilla Lindblad jumping along La Croisette in Cannes, 1976. Photo by Mary Russell
Charlotte Rampling and Helmut Newton, Cannes, 1976. Photo by Mary Russell
Charlotte Rampling and Helmut Newton, Cannes, 1976. Photo by Mary Russell
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait with Alexandra, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait with Alexandra, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton by Jerry Schatzberg, Paris, 1962
Helmut Newton by Jerry Schatzberg, Paris, 1962
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait, 1976
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait, 1976
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-portrait, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait in the desert of Israel, 1992
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait in the desert of Israel, 1992
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Brigitte Nielsen, 1987
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Brigitte Nielsen, 1987
Alice Springs and Helmut Newton, Chateau Marmont, Hollywood 1991
Alice Springs and Helmut Newton, Chateau Marmont, Hollywood 1991
Barbara Edwards and Helmut Newton, Hollywood, 1987
Barbara Edwards and Helmut Newton, Hollywood, 1987
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 1980s
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 1980s
Helmut Newton Self portrait with June (Alice Springs), Hotel Volnay, New York 1982
Helmut Newton Self portrait with June (Alice Springs), Hotel Volnay, New York 1982
Helmut Newton, 1970s
Helmut Newton, 1970s
Helmut Newton and Marie Helvin by John Swannell, 1977
Helmut Newton and Marie Helvin by John Swannell, 1977
Helmut, 1970s
Helmut, 1970s
Irving Penn, Portrait of Helmut Newton, 1999
Irving Penn, Portrait of Helmut Newton, 1999
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait with his wife June (Alice Springs) and models, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait with his wife June (Alice Springs) and models, 1981
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait with model, Hotel Bijou, Paris 1973
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait with model, Hotel Bijou, Paris 1973
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait, 1980s
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait, 1980s
June et Helmut Newton, Paris, 1970's
June et Helmut Newton, Paris, 1970's
Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton for Vogue Paris, 1974
Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton for Vogue Paris, 1974
Helmut Newton for ELLE France, 1969
Helmut Newton for ELLE France, 1969
Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton by Roxanne Lowit, 1983
Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton by Roxanne Lowit, 1983
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Bruce Weber, 1980s
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Bruce Weber, 1980s
Alice Springs, Portrait of Helmut Newton, Monte Carlo, 1987
Alice Springs, Portrait of Helmut Newton, Monte Carlo, 1987
Roxanne Lowit, Helmut Newton, Paris 1996
Roxanne Lowit, Helmut Newton, Paris 1996
Helmut Newton, 1970s
Helmut Newton, 1970s
Helmut Newton by model Janice Wakely, taken at Lorne, near Melbourne, 1959
Helmut Newton by model Janice Wakely, taken at Lorne, near Melbourne, 1959
Henri Cartier Bresson, Helmut Newton, 2000
Henri Cartier Bresson, Helmut Newton, 2000
David Hurn, Helmut Newton, 1974
David Hurn, Helmut Newton, 1974
Lincoln Clarkes, Helmut Newton, London 1988
Lincoln Clarkes, Helmut Newton, London 1988
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton, 1980s
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton, 1980s
Helmut Newton by David Fahey, 1981
Helmut Newton by David Fahey, 1981
David Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes, 1983
David Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes, 1983
Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes film Festival 1983
Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes film Festival 1983
Helmut Newton, Hugh Hefner's Projection Room, Beverly Hills, 1986
Helmut Newton, Hugh Hefner's Projection Room, Beverly Hills, 1986
Helmut Newton, Elle, 1969
Helmut Newton, Elle, 1969
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton
Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Chris, June Newton and Regine von Wangenheim, 1970s
Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Chris, June Newton and Regine von Wangenheim, 1970s
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait during an electrocardiogram, Lenow Hill Hospital, New York, 1973
Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait during an electrocardiogram, Lenow Hill Hospital, New York, 1973
George helping Helmut Newton shoot Van Halen by Mark Arbeit, California 1980
George helping Helmut Newton shoot Van Halen by Mark Arbeit, California 1980
Helmut Newton  shoot Van Halen by Mark Arbeit, California 1980
Helmut Newton shoot Van Halen by Mark Arbeit, California 1980
Mark Arbeit and Helmut Newton Photo Booth, Milano, Italy, 1980s
Mark Arbeit and Helmut Newton Photo Booth, Milano, Italy, 1980s
Helmut with June Newton and Jenny, Venice, Italy 1984. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut with June Newton and Jenny, Venice, Italy 1984. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 1980s
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 1980s
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 2002
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, 2002
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, 1990
Helmut Newton by Mark Arbeit, Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, 1990
Helmut's think chair by Mark Arbeit, Monte Carlo, 1992
Helmut's think chair by Mark Arbeit, Monte Carlo, 1992
Helmut Newton preparing for a fashion shoot American Vogue by Mark Arbeit, Miami 1995
Helmut Newton preparing for a fashion shoot American Vogue by Mark Arbeit, Miami 1995
Helmut Newton shooting American Vogue, Miami, Florida 1995. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut Newton shooting American Vogue, Miami, Florida 1995. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut Newton teaching Eva how to do the model walk by Mark Arbeit, 1990
Helmut Newton teaching Eva how to do the model walk by Mark Arbeit, 1990
Helmut Newton shooting an Ad Campaign for YSL, Paris 1996
Helmut Newton shooting an Ad Campaign for YSL, Paris 1996
Portrait of Helmut for Femme magazine, Paris 1996
Portrait of Helmut for Femme magazine, Paris 1996
Helmut Newton, Chateau Marmont 2002. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut Newton, Chateau Marmont 2002. Photo by Mark Arbeit
Helmut at his 80th birthday party, Berlin, Germany, 2000
Helmut at his 80th birthday party, Berlin, Germany, 2000
Alice Springs, Portrait of David Bailey, Don McCullin and Helmut Newton, 1990s
Alice Springs, Portrait of David Bailey, Don McCullin and Helmut Newton, 1990s
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