The French Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon called Helmut Newton one of the internationally recognized and particularly talented artists. His work became icons of the 20th century and influenced countless photographers and artists around the world. Born in Berlin in 1920, the photographer gained the worldwide fame with fashion, portraits, and nude photographs. His distinctive and sometimes oversized pictures of women are shown today in museums all over the world. The son of a Jewish button maker and an American who left Germany in 1938 and went to Singapore. Later, he moved to Australia where he received a citizenship.
Dismissed For Inability
He lost his first job as a picture reporter after just two weeks. His Straits Times superiors thought Newton was incapable. After working as a truck driver and on the railroad, he only opened his first photo studio at the age of 25 and married his wife June three years later, with whom he had been married for 55 years. She was also a photographer and supported him throughout her life. From 1956 Newton worked for the Australian edition of Vogue that became his top client. Other magazines also became aware of him through his extraordinary photos. His has raised began. In the 1970s, Helmut Newton became one of the most sought-after and expensive fashion, advertising, portrait, and nude photographers. In 1976, he published his first pictures book White Woman. His signed SUMO from 2000 fetched more than $ 300,000 at a charity auction, making it the most expensive edition of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 1980s, the artist moved with his wife to Monte Carlo while he alternately lived and worked in Los Angeles during the winters. Newton died at the age of 83 after a traffic accident in the United States. According to his last wish, the star photographer found his resting place in his hometown Berlin. Among the mourners were not only the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit but also James Bond actor Roger Moore.
Innovator and Enemy
Helmut Newton was focused of numerous controversies throughout his life. Critics accused him of misogynistic photos. On the other hand, he repeatedly emphasized wanting to celebrate women with his work. He also designed a catalogue for the Austrian hardware store Bauwelt with his photos and caused a sensation. Numerous Awards honored his unique abilities throughout his life. He received the Life Legend Award from Life magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Kodak photo book award for his book White Women. Helmut Newton left his extensive photo collection of the Preußischer Kulturbesitz Foundation in Berlin. Since then, fans can admire the works and numerous memorabilia of his life in the Museum of Photography. The Helmut Newton Foundation wants to preserve the couple’s work and to make it accessible to the public. The building, which has seen numerous changing exhibitions since then, is one of the last that Newton had seen from the train when he escaped in 1938.