Helmut Newton

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Helmut Newton (alias Helmut Neustädter) was born in Berlin in 1920. He was the son of Jew parents and he grown up in the good middle class of those years.

Because of the racist laws he soon left Germany, he went to Trieste in 1938 and he then took refuge in Singapore, where he worked as photographer for the Straits Helmut NewtonTimes. During the Second World War he added the australian army. At the end of '50s he moved to Paris where he lived for 25 years. In 1970 he had a heart attack that slowed down his artistic production. He than went to Monte Carlo and than to Los Angeles whee he died in 2004 after a car accident in Hollywood.

He right away got passionate for photography and when he was young he did an apprenticeship with the berlin photograph Else Simon, known as Yva, with whom he learnt to do nude pictures.

In 1956 he began working for Vogue Australia, but his career began in the '70s when he became one of the most requested and paid photograph of fashion, publicity, portraits and nude pictures.

During his career he collaborated for the french, english, american and italian edition of Marie Claire, Vogue, Elle, Queen, American Playboy, Nova, Jardin Des Modes and he made big photo shoots for Life e Stern. Big Nudes (1980) was the most erotic series in his artistic career.

His photographs show the large facets of woman, sometimes with a critic moood: his pictures are characterised by eroticism, in some cases with sadomasochistic and fetish features. He often immortalized women in a voluntary submissive atitude.