Helmut Newton
1920, Berlin, Germany - 2004, Hollywood, USA

Short biography
Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter, Jewish father, American mother) was a fashion photographer noted for his nude studies of women. In 1938 Newton left Germany, worked in Singapore, Melbourne (where he met his later wife June “Alice Spring” Brunell) and London (studo with Henry Talbot), before he settled in Paris, where his photo’s appeared in magazines like Vogue. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes,often with sado-masochistic and fetishistic subtexts. In the 1980s he worked for Playboy.

Newton is the only photographer in the world who has a museum on his own, the Helmut Newton Museum of Photography near the Berlin-Zoo railway station. In his later life, Newton lived in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. He was killed when his car hit a wall of the famous Chateau Marmont, the hotel on Sunset Boulevard which had for several years served as his residence.

In 2005 a private collectioner bought a large photo of Newton, titled “Big Nude III” (model was 1980s playmate Henriette Allais) at Christies for 280.000, at that time an aution record for a photo.

In 1999 Benedict Taschen published “SUMO”, a titanic book of 464 pages, measuring 50x70 cm and weighing 30 kg. “A tribute to the 20th century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer.” The limited edition of 10,000 copies, all numbered and signed by the artist, were sold out, despite the price of 7.500 each.

Recent exhibitions
Helmut Newton Stiftung Berlin, Hamiltons London, La Fábrica Galería Madrid, Galería Leyendecker Santa Cruz, RMIT Gallery Melbourne, Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills.

Top auction result
$ 926.981

Average auction results
$ 5.000 - $ 65.000
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