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HELMUT NEWTON (Australian, 1920-2004)
Cyberwoman 7
Silver gelatin
Paper: 16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Image: 13 x 10 inches (33.0 x 24.5 cm)
Verso: stamped and edition 144/500 in ink
State: matted, framed, glazed


Condition Report*:

Overall good condition, not examined outside of frame. Newton, Helmut:Helmut Newton's unique approach transformed fashion photography from simple captures of the featured object to images with a style and story of their own, and throughout his career his revolutionary work became synonymous with the glamor of Vogue. There was nothing glamorous about Newton's early life. As a Jew in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, his family suffered from the anti-Semitism of the era. His father spent a short while in concentration camps. When he was 18, Newton's parents fled to Chile and Newton made his own way to Singapore. The British then interned him as an "enemy alien" and sent him to Australia. After serving in the Australian Army, Newton became an Australian citizen and at war's end opened a photography studio in Melbourne. Newton's photographic career started early. He bought his first camera when he was 12, and began an apprenticeship for a German photographer when he was 16. That photographer, Yva, specialized in portraits, nudes, and fashion. Later, Newton's own studio in Melbourne emphasized fashion and theatre photography, and those subjects remained his specialties the rest of his life. Later his work added an erotic edge, sometimes with sado-masochistic or fetishistic feelings. His erotic style continued to develop throughout the 1970s, including celebrity photographs taken for Playboy magazine. Newton's work was acclaimed during his lifetime and he received many awards. In 1990 he received the French Grand Prix National de la Photographie. In 1992 he received the Officier des Arts, Lettres, et Sciences award from Monaco as well as Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz (the Great Cross of Merit) from Germany. Helmut Newton died in 2004, after a car accident in California. His work can be seen at the Museum of Photography in Berlin, where the Helmut Newton Foundation displays a permanent exhibit.

*Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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