Helmut Newton remains one of the greatest revolutionaries in the fashion and art world. The German photographer utilized his legendary style of capturing elements of danger and sex in order to capture a story in his photographs. His work at times was flared by violence, at other times his intention was ambiguous, but the constant of sex remained. His models notoriously imposed the word super before them with their Amazonian height and unmistakable blonde hair, accompanied by sky-high stilettos and little else. Helmut Newton’s legacy lives on through his larger-than-life photographs.
Helmut Newton was born October 31, 1920 in Berlin, Germany into a wealthyJewish family. In 1983, the 18-year old Newton fled Nazi Germany with his parents.Trying Singapore to start his new life, he was turned away as an enemy alien and instead sent to Australia where he served in the Australian army from 1940 to 1945.It was soon after that he met and married Australian model and actress June Brunellv in 1948. Brunell served as a long time colleague and collaborator in Newton’s work.
1956 brought a change of location for Newton and Brunell, with them moving to London and later Paris, which is where he began working with the likes of Vogue, Elle and Marie-Claire. By the 70’s he was internationally recognized in the high fashion and art worlds. His photographs and artistic style, along with collaborations in the fashion world, were paramount in his contributions of bringing art and high fashion together. Though Newton passed away in 2004, his photography, despite its notably racy and provocative themes, is still in demand to this day.
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