Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton


Nationality: German/Australian

Birth Place: Berlin (Berlin state, Germany)

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.


Helmut Newton Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Tied-Up Torso, Ramatuelle, 1980 Gelatin silver 18-3/4 x 18-3/4 inches (4
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004)Tied-Up Torso, Ramatuelle, 1980Gelatin silver18-3/4 x 18-3/4 inches (4...
Lot 74207
Auction 5194
Thursday, October 16, 2014
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975 Gelatin silver, pri...
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004)Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975Gelatin silver, pri...
Lot 74164
Auction 5056
Friday, December 3, 2010
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Saddle II, Paris, 1976 Gelatin silver, 1976 Paper: 16 x 20 inches (40.6
HELMUT NEWTON (German/Australian, 1920-2004)Saddle II, Paris, 1976Gelatin silver, 1976Paper: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 ...
Lot 74144
Auction 5037
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004) SUMO, Monte Carlo: Taschen, first edition, 1999 400 full-page duotone rep...
Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004)SUMO, Monte Carlo: Taschen, first edition, 1999400 full-page duotone rep... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 73212
Auction 5328
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Arielle II, Monte Carlo, 1982 Gelatin silver 23-1/2 x 15-7/8 inches (59
Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004)Arielle II, Monte Carlo, 1982Gelatin silver23-1/2 x 15-7/8 inches (59....
Lot 73147
Auction 5298
Friday, May 19, 2017

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Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Saddle I, Paris (at the Hotel Lancaster), 1976 Gelatin silver, 1982 12 x...
Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004) Saddle I, Paris (at the Hotel Lancaster), 1976 Gelatin silver, 1982 12 x... (1)

Auction 5358
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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