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.


Born Helmut Neustädter in Berlin, Germany
Studied at Heinrich von Treitschke Realgymnasium, Berlin, Germany
Studied at the American School, Berlin, Germany
Was an apprentice to Eva (Else Simon), a theater and fashion photographer in Berlin, Germany
Recipient, the Best Photography Award from the Art Directors Club in Tokyo, Japan
Recipient, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
Recipient, the Gold Medal from the Art Directors Club in Germany
Recipient, the Gold Medal from the Art Directors Club in Germany
Recipient, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
Died in Los Angeles, USA


Helmut Newton, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
Private Property, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Helmut Newton: White Women - Sleepless Nights - Big Nudes, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA
Selected Works, Hamiltons Gallery, London, England
A Gun for Hire, Fundación Caixa Galicia, La Coruña, Spain (solo)
Wanted, Helmut Newton, Larry Clark, Ralph Gibson at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Helmut Newton XL, Hamiltons Gallery, London, England (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (solo)
Yellow Press / Playboy Projections, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Men, War & Peace, Newton, Nachtwey, LaChapelle, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
A Gun for Hire, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (solo)
A Gun for Hire, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany (solo)
Sex & Landscapes / Yellow Press, Retretti Art Centre, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Helmut Newton, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Us & Them / Sex & Landscapes, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Private Property, Permanent Museum at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Gallery Joshua Mann Pailet, New Orleans, USA (solo)
Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria (solo)
Sex & Landscapes / Yellow Press, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj, Denmark (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Aydan Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Yellow Press, Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan, Italy (solo)
Helmut Newton: Genuine Eyes, Gallery Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Rupertinum Museum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Galleria Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
Yellow Press, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Photo Espana 2002, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Sex & Landscapes, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Barbican Centre, London, England (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, I.C.P, New York, USA (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Helmut Newton Work, Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Architecture & Pornographie, Gastello die Rivoli, Turin, Italy (solo)
Us and Them, Helmut Newton & Alice Springs. 50 Years together – Personal Photographs, Center for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Us and Them, Kunsthalle, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Us and Them, MEP, Paris, France (solo)
Us and Them, Gallery Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Visa pour l’image 67 new portraits, Perpignan, France (solo)
Us and Them, Nikolay, Copenhagen Fotomuseet O dense, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
Helmut Newton Photographien, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Helmut Newton in Sweden, Hasselblad Foundation at the Goteborg Museum, Sweden (solo)
Helmut Newton: Photography, Navio Museum, Japan (solo)
Fashion and Fantasy, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, USA (solo)
Archives de Nuit, Galerie Pierre Nouvion, Monte-Carlo, Monaco (solo)
Helmut Newton: Photography, Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Helmut Newton aus dem photographischen Werk, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
New Editions + Retrospective Prints, Gallery Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Helmut Newton aus dem photographischen Werk, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Fashion photographs: Acquisitions of Paris Audiovisuel, Centre Culturel Française de Rome, Rome, Italy (solo)