Helmut Newton, one of the world's most influential modern photographers, was born in Berlin in 1920. He fled Germany in 1938, moved to Australia in 1940, and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs). After working as a fashion photographer for British Vogue, French Vogue, French Elle, and Australian Vogue, Newton began to achieve international fame in the 1970s. He became known for his bold lighting, controversial scenarios, and striking compositions of streets and interiors rather than studio shots. His first volume of photographs, White Women, was published in 1976. In 1990, he was awarded the Grand Prix national de la photography; in 1992 he was presented with Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for his contribution to German culture and appointed Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by the Princess of Monaco. In 1996, the French Misinster of Culture appointed him Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In honor of his 80th birthday, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin held a major retrospective of Newton's work. Newton passed away in Los Angeles in 2004, at the age of 83.
Helmut Newton is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Wes Gordon