Helmut Newton  (German, 1920-2004) 

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Photographer Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004) is most famous for his work as a fashion photographer, frequently creating work for Vogue magazine, and for his provocative, studied photographs of nudes. Born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Newton received his first camera at 12 years old, often neglecting his studies in school to pursue photography. It is reputed that Newton first became enamored with the female nude as a photographic subject as a teenager, while working as an apprentice to theater photographer Yva in Berlin. He fled increasing Nazi oppression in Germany in 1938, shortly after Kristallnacht, and worked in Singapore and Australia during World War II, serving in the Australian army for several years. He later opened up a photography studio, and moved to Europe in the 1950s. In Paris he began working for French Vogue, and later Playboy, Elle, and other publications during the 1950s and 1960s as his reputation grew, traveling frequently throughout the world on assignments. Known for the dramatic lighting and the unconventional poses of his models in his photographs, Newton’s work has been characterized as obsessive and subversive, incorporating themes of sadomasochism, prostitution, violence, and a persistently-overt sexuality into the narratives of his images. He increasingly focused more on these images rather than fashion photography in the 1970s, emphasizing the aggressive and incendiary in his works. He continued to travel later in life, dividing his time between his homes in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. In 2003, he died in a car crash in Los Angeles, at 84 years old. Among other honors, Newton received the German Kodak Award for Photographic Books, a Life Legend Award from Life magazine, and an award from the American Institute for Graphic Arts for his photographs.

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Helmut Newton, Selected Images

 

Helmut Newton
Selected Images
1975-1979

Auction: May 8, 2014
Phillips London
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Helmut Newton, Jerry Hall, Spitting, French Vogue, Paris

 

Helmut Newton
Jerry Hall, Spitting, French Vogue, Paris
1978

Auction: May 8, 2014
Phillips London
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Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen, The Beginning of 'The Naked and Dressed', Paris

 

Helmut Newton
Sie Kommen, The Beginning of 'The Naked and Dressed', Paris
1981

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Helmut Newton, Hand in Shoe, Paris,

 

Helmut Newton
Hand in Shoe, Paris,
1991

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Helmut Newton, Yves St. Laurent, Paris 1991

 

Helmut Newton
Yves St. Laurent, Paris 1991
1991

Galerie Andrea Caratsch
Helmut Newton, Gunilla Bergstrom at Eiffel Tower

 

Helmut Newton
Gunilla Bergstrom at Eiffel Tower
1977

Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Helmut Newton, Hollywood

 

Helmut Newton
Hollywood
1997

Galerie Andrea Caratsch
Helmut Newton, Cyberwoman Series (Suite of 7 photographs)

 

Helmut Newton
Cyberwoman Series (Suite of 7 photographs)
2004

Eyestorm
Helmut Newton, Arcangues

 

Helmut Newton
Arcangues
1978

SHP Contemporary Fine Art
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Helmut Newton, Hotel Room, Place de la République, Paris

 

Helmut Newton
Hotel Room, Place de la République, Paris, 1976-1984
gelatin silver print

 

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Helmut Newton, Jenny in my apartment, Paris

 

Helmut Newton
Jenny in my apartment, Paris, 1978
gelatin silver print

 

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Helmut Newton, Saddle I

 

Helmut Newton
Saddle I, 1976
b&w photograph, digital print

 

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1920   Born in Berlin, Germany (as Helmut Neustädter)
1928 - 1932   Studied at Heinrich von Treitschke Realgymnasium, Berlin, Germany
1933 - 1935   Studied at the American School, Berlin, Germany
1936 - 1940   Was an apprentice to Eva (Else Simon), a theater and fashion photographer in Berlin
1976   Recipient, the Best Photography Award from the Art Director’s Club in Tokyo
1977   Recipient, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
1978   Recipient, the Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club in Germany
1979   Recipient, the Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club in Germany
1980   Recipient, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
2004   Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
2012   Helmut Newton - Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
2012   Private Property - Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2011   Helmut Newton: White Women - Sleepless Nights - Big Nudes - MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2011   Selected Works - Hamiltons Gallery, London (England)
2009   A Gun for Hire, Fundación Caixa Galicia, LA Coruña, Spain (solo)
2007   Wanted, Helmut Newton, Larry Clark, Ralph Gibson at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007   Helmut Newton XL, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2006   Sex & Landscapes, Palazzo Reale , Milan, Italy (solo)
2006   Yellow Press / Playboy Projections, Guest Artist: Veruschka Self-Portraits, Performed by Vera Lehndorff, Photographed by Andreas Hubertus Ilse, at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006   Men, War & Peace, Newton, Nachtwey, LaChapelle at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005   A Gun for Hire, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (solo)
2005   A Gun for Hire, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005   Sex & Landscapes, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany (solo)
2004   Sex & Landscapes / Yellow Press, Retretti Art Centre, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2004   Helmut Newton, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
2004   Us & Them / Sex & Landscapes, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin (solo)
2004   Private Property, Permanent Museum at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003   Sex & Landscapes, Gallery Joshua Mann Pailet, New Orleans, USA (solo)
2003   Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria (solo)
2003   Sex & Landscapes / Yellow Press, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj, Denmark (solo)
2003   Sex & Landscapes, Aydan Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2003   Sex & Landscapes, Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003   Yellow Press, Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan, Italy (solo)
2003   Helmut Newton – Genuine Eyes, Gallery Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Sex & Landscapes, Rupertinum Museum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2002   Sex & Landscapes, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (solo)
2002   Sex & Landscapes, Galleria Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2002   Yellow Press, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2002   Helmut Newton Work, Photo Espana 2002, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2002   Helmut Newton Work, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (solo)
2001   Sex & Landscapes, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2001   Sex & Landscapes, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2001   Helmut Newton Work, Barbican Centre, London, UK (solo)
2001   Helmut Newton Work, I.C.P, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2000   Helmut Newton Work, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000   Helmut Newton Work, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2000   Helmut Newton Work, Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999   Architecture & Pornographie, Gastello die Rivoli, Turin, Italy (solo)
1999   Us and Them, Helmut Newton & Alice Springs. 50 Years together – Personal Photographs, Center for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1999   Us and Them, Kunsthalle, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1999   Us and Them, MEP, Paris, France (solo)
1999   Us and Them, Gallery Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
1998   Visa pour l’image 67 new portraits, Perpignan, France (solo)
1998   Us and Them, Nikolay, Copenhagen Fotomuseet O dense, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1997   Helmut Newton Photographien, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1997   Helmut Newton in Sweden, Hasselblad Foundation at the Goteborg Museum, Sweden (solo)
1996   Helmut Newton – Photography, Navio Museum, Japan (solo)
1996   Fashion and Fantasy, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA, USA (solo)
1995   Archives de Nuit, Galerie Pierre Nouvion, Monte-Carlo, Monaco (solo)
1995   Helmut Newton – Photography, Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1994   Helmut Newton aus dem photographischen Werk, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
1994   New Editions + Retrospective Prints, Gallery Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1993   Helmut Newton aus dem photographischen Werk, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1993   (Fashion photographs – Acquisitions of Paris Audiovisuel), Centre Culturel Française de Rome, Rome, Italy (solo)