EARLY LIFEborn in Berlin, Germany as Helmut Neustädter on October 31st, 1920son of Klara “Claire” Marquis and Max Neustädter, a button factory owner, Helmut grew up in a wealthy familyhis family was of Jewish descent, later causing his family to lose their factory and Helmut to be brieﬂy interned atthe Kristallnacht concentration campat age 8, his brother showed him the red light district of Berlin, which would later inﬂuence a his photographicworkattended the Heinrich-von Treistschke-Realgymnasium(1928-1932) and the American School in Berlin (1933-1935)where at the age of 12 he became interested in photography.at age 12, he bought his ﬁrst camera and was hooked on photographyafter his parents ﬂed to South America, Helmut left Germany, a month after being interned, on December 5th,1938boarded a ship, bound for China, with others trying to escape increasing Nazi persecution, and ended up inSingapore, where he worked as a photographer before being interned by the British and sent to Australia.
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHYbecame interested in photography early on, purchased a box camera at age 12.ﬁrst shots of an underground subway all came out black, except for one image, taken above ground.took early photographs of his girlfriends in his mothers clothing,age 16, learned to use a camera professionallyworked for German photographer, Yva (Elsie Neulander Simon) as an apprentice.Yva was a female fashion-and-portrait photographerjob as assistant lasted two years, from 1936-1938 when increasing pressure from the Nazis forced Yva to close her studio(Yva later died in a concentration camp)Helmut moved to Singapore, to pursue press photography,moved to Australia, met June Browne, and married in 1948enlisted in the Australian army around the time of the war, and served for ﬁve years.set up his studio, and began working for Australian Vogue Helmut Newton for Australian Vogue, 1960
Helmut Newton & Alice Springs met in actress June Browne, who performed under the name June Brunell, in Australia while photographing her married in 1948, in Paris June, by Helmut Newton June changed her name to Alice Springs, after the central Australia town, as her photographic pseudonym Alice worked for a time as an actress and as a painter before devoting herself to photography (self-taught) Helmut and Alice, self-portrait by Alice SpringsAlice took on an assignment of Helmut’s after he became ill in 1970, thus beginning herphotographic careershe had a decidedly more simple style than Helmut, but nevertheless, encouraged him toexplore the intersection of sexuality and art,Helmut and Alice lived together for more than ﬁfty yearsSince his death, she has gone on to manage his estate & the Helmut Newton foundation, as Helmut Newton by Alice Springs
HELMUT NEWTON: inﬂuencesinﬂuenced early on by trips to the red light district of Berlintook inspiration from the surrealists, like Man Ray’s photographs, PaulDelvaux’s paintings, and Hans Bellmer’s tableaux Hans Bellmer Paul Delvaux Man RayNewton
HELMUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERtook press photography while in Singapore, for a local newspaper, the Singapore Strait Timesafter moving to Australia, and serving in the Army, Helmut opened his own studio, determined to make it as a professionalphotographertook jobs doing wedding photos, mail order catalog assignements and baby books before working for Australian Vogue.after moving to London, began doing editorial work for several fashion publications.came into prominence as a fashion photographer in the 1970s with his unique, provocative images.1971, suffered a heart attack, a life changing event, which with the help and support of his wife, lead him to pursuesome of the darker, more erotically charged images he had always wanted to produce--ultimately resulting in his status as one of the most unique, iconic, fashion-photographers of all time.1976, published “White Women” which contained some of his most radical imagescontinued to do editorial work throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, after moving to Monte Carlo with June, doingadvertising work for clients and publications like Vogue and Vanity Fair
HELMUT NEWTON: STYLEOvertly sexual themes in his images, derived from his childhood and travel experiences, that were uncommonin fashion photography at the time."...there was a girl, a printer in the darkroom, who was an ex-Bauhaus student. She used to wear black velvet suits with a white shirt and collar. She also wore a monocle -- that just droveme sexually insane."”photographed subjects who formed the social elite, often portraying them in kinky, menacing situations
Philosophy on Location Shoots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1uzcFLAoFk Helmut by June, part 1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9wkCLkVWcI
"What I ﬁnd interesting is working in a society with certain taboos- and fashion photography is about that kind of society.....To have taboos, then to get around them - thats interesting." HELMUT NEWTON
HELMUT NEWTON: WOMENportrayed women as tough, aggressive, demonstrative ﬁgures.saw the power in sexuality, and the female form, and tried to capture and manipulate those notionsexposed the discomfort women endure to be perceived as beautiful, sexy and alluring images from Here They Come, Helmut Newton
Magazine Work worked at Jardin Des Modes, French Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Queen, Nova, Playboy, Stern, US Vogue, Australian Vogue & Italian Vogue. instrumental in transforming fashion photography during 1960s, 1970s, 1980s1964 US Vogue Cover 1969 Elle editorial 1971 Nova editorial
DEATHdied January 23rd, 2004 in a car crashreports say Helmut was leaving the parking lot of the Chateau Marmont, onto Sunset Boulevard when his Cadillac lost controldied 15 years to the day, after friend Salvador Dali, who he photographed shortly before Dali’s death. Helmut Newton’s ﬁnal shoot for Vogue
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS <<----------------------- White Women, 1976 Munich, 1976 Paris, 1976 Sleepless Nights, 1978 ------------------->> 24 Photos Lithos, 1976 Big Nudes, 1981 Helmut Newton, 1981 World Without Men, 1984 Private Property, (series i, ii, & iii), 1984<< ------------------------- Helmut Newton’s Illustrated, no.1 & no.2, 1986 &1987 Helmut Newton in Moscow, 1989 Helmut Newton’s Illustrated, no.3 &4, 1991 & 2000 VIP/Very Important Portraits, 1992 Naked & Dressed in Hollywood, 1992 Eroticism in the 20th Century, 1992 Immorale, 1993 Us & Them (with Alice Springs), 1998 Sumo, 1999-------------------------->>
SELECTED QUOTATIONS My job, as a portrait photographer, is to seduce, amuse and entertain.It’s not that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motorcar, in a hotel room. In the photographs themselves, there’s a deﬁnite contrast between the ﬁgres and location- I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.
WORKS CITED Autobiography, by Helmut Newton Design Boom, http://www.designboom.com/history/helmutnewton.html Exposures, Helmut Newton looks back, an article from The New Yorker Helmut Newton’s Australian Years, article from The La Trobe Journal ‘ Helmut Newton, Frames from the Edge, (ﬁlm) Helmut Newton Foundation, http://www.helmutnewton.com/ Helmut by June, part 1,2,3,4,5 (ﬁlm) Helmut Newton’s Sumo, by Helmut Newton and June Newton Helmut Newton, Who Remade Fashion Photography, Dies at 83, article from New York TimesTaschen, http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/02601/facts.helmut_newtons_sumo.htm Us & Them, by Helmut Newton and Alice Springs Vogue UK, http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/helmut-newton-biography