HELMUT NEWTON
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Helmut Newton, pseudonym of Helmut Neustädter was born in Berlin in 1920, of Jewish parents, belonging to the rich Berlin bourgeoisie. 
At just eight years old, his older brother takes him to a red light district full of prostitutes, where the famous Red Erna lives and works, in knee-high boots and a whip. That will be his first visual experience that will open the way to his passion for images and unconventional photography.
At twelve, with the money he had saved himself, he bought his first camera. He attended the Werner von Trotschke Gymnasium and the American School in Berlin, from which he was expelled when his passion for photography ended up negatively affecting his studies.
In 1936, at the age of sixteen, he began his real apprenticeship at the atelier of the fashion photographer Iva. In the meantime, he is dating an Aryan girl who puts her safety at risk due to the increasing spread of anti-Jewish laws.
In 1938, due to racial laws, he left Germany to go to Singapore, where, for just two weeks, he worked as a photographer for the newspaper “Straits Times” and in this period he began to understand what his career path could be.
He meets a rich Belgian lady, whom he becomes mistress and with whom he travels to the British colonies until arriving in Australia in 1940.
After a short period of imprisonment, as a German citizen, he joined the Australian forces at the front and for five years, during the Second World War, he served in the Australian army, from 1940 to 1945.
In 1946 he took Australian citizenship.
After the war, he became a freelance photographer, immediately showing his interest in the body, in particular for the female body, taking photos with a strong erotic content, but always with a playful and ironic intent.
He collaborates with important magazines such as: Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Playboy, Vanity Fair and GQ.
He exhibits his shots in exhibitions around the world in New York, Paris, London, Houston, Moscow, Tokyo, Prague and Venice.
In 1948, he married actress June Brunnell, known at work. In fact, she poses as a model for her photographs. The two will remain husband and wife for over fifty years. June is an actress, but she is also known for her photography work under the pseudonym of Alice Springs, named after the Australian town of the same name.
At that time he also photographed for Vogue England. He is called to London, where he gets a 12-month contract, which he will interrupt sooner, because he feels limited by British conservatism.
From the late 1950s onwards, Helmut Newton focused on fashion photography.
Helmut changes his original surname, Neustadter, to Newton which is the literal translation from German to English and opens a small photography shop in Melbourne.
He moved to Paris in 1961, where he began working almost immediately, this time assiduously, for French Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, GQ, Vanity Fair, Max and Marie Claire.
Thus began his long career in photography.
His photographic style has been defined as erotic, as his subjects are always shot in sadomasochistic and fetishistic poses.
In 1976, his first collection of photos, White women, was released, followed over the years by numerous other volumes, including an autobiography in 2002.
The following year, 1977, the French Minister of Culture grants him the title of Grand Commander of Arts and Letters.
In 1980 he reached the pinnacle of success, rising to the Olympus of great photographers, thanks to the Big nudes series, with an erotic-urban style, supported by an excellent photographic technique.
He starts collaborating with Chanel, Gianni Versace, Blumarine, Yves Saint Laurent, Borbonese and Dolce & Gabbana.
In 1984 together with Peter Max Helmut Newton he made the Missing Persons video Surrender your Heart.
Sometimes he also returns to his native Berlin, where he portrays Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders and where he finds the inspiration for his famous Big Nudes, which represent, life-sized, naked women.
In October 2003, he donated a collection of photos to the Preußischer Kulturbesitz foundation in Berlin and again in Berlin in the same year, he set up a foundation together with his wife: the Helmut Newton Foundation which he would open after his death.
Finally, in 2004, he died in a car accident in Hollywood, crashing his Cadillac into a wall at the Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, which had been his residence for years when he lived in Southern California.
Creative and visionary, he imagined stories that were often irreverent and exuberant.
"If there is something I hate - he said - it is certainly good taste, which for me is a bad word".
Helmut Newton was a true provocateur who scandalized the whole world with his feminine images and his bad boy attitude.
He was the precursor of that photographic art that slowly approaches the fashion star system, creating a unique combination.
In the image a mirror reflects a naked model, behind her the photographer who portrays her, in front of them, next to the mirror, a dressed woman, sitting on a director's chair, observes them. The shot is from 1981. It is a photo that best describes Newton's art and vision of photography.
It is the photographer who decides the scene and modifies it, the model with her body is the protagonist and almost “comes out” of the photo. Two other protagonists, Helmut and his wife June Newton, enter the photo, he with the irony that distinguishes him, she constantly present at his side. This is Helmut Newton's photography: ironic, vouyerist, beautiful. Newton's power lies in the fact that he photographed for himself, not to please the public.
With  Irving Penn  And  Richard Avedon  and thanks to a recognizable style and personal cut, he brought photography into the world of art.
He has portrayed many characters from entertainment, culture, politics and cinema, such as Ava Gardner, Charlotte Rampling, Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Raquel Welch, Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marylin Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, but in recent years the subjects of her photos often also came from the street, or were mannequins, an extreme symbol of pop culture or of a humanity adrift.
His stories are to be read at the first glance towards the image; the settings are hotels, swimming pools, roofs of buildings, places full of historical memory. Boots, whips, chains, high heels, bags, furs are elements that are repeated in a pattern that involves mirrors, corridors, stairs, balconies, swimming pools, railway bridges, subways, airports and so on, composing together with the model a shot that is not never goes over in silence.
Newton has created a new style of fashion photography. Flash, lights, format, film represent only a part of what creates the image in his head, because he thought about his photos in every detail.
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Self-portrait with his wife June and model
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Model with bulldog
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Naked at the window
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Bunny
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Fetish
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The big nude
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Naked on the sofa
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Nude
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Dressed
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Model on the railing
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Nadja Auermann
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Nadja Auermann
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Naomi Campbell
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Caroline of Monaco
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Cindy Crawford
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Linda Evangelista
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Monica Bellucci
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Catherine Deneuve
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Claudia Shiffer
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Brigitte Nielsen
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Monica Bellucci
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Salvador Dali
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David Linch and Isabella Rosselini
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June Newton
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Kim Basinger
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Marlene Dietrich
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Madonna
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Sophia Loren
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Veruschka