HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004) (German)
Now an Australian, Helmut Newton was born in Berlin on October 31st, 1920.
After fighting in the Second World War with the Australian army, he moves to Paris in 1957, where he begins working as a professional photographer.
As a fashion and female nude photographer, he appears in the most important magazines such as "Vogue", "Elle", "Queen", "Stern" and "Playboy". Since 1981 he lives in Monte Carlo.
Newton is a master of beauty and cultivates an extremely personal erotic vision. He says so himself: "I am superficial, my images aren't deep. Good taste is the anti-fashion, the anti-photo, the anti-woman, the anti-eroticism. Vulgarity is life, is fun, the desire for extreme reactions."
The prevailing scenery in his photos are beaches, fashion, or the halls and rooms of large
hotels. Although his eroticism is superficiality, taken to extremes, the plasticity of the work is wonderful.
His models, cold, severe and disturbing are the exact opposite of Hamilton's - which are delicate and fragile.
His greatness lies in his unique vision of the “erotic” in photography.
Among his published works, we can cite "White Woman", "Sleepless Nights" and "Big Nudes".
Died January 23, 2004 in an automobile accident in Los Angeles.