Overview

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was a prolific fashion photographer, widely recognised as one of the most collectable and prominent photographers ever to hold a camera. Dubbed the 'King of Kink', his erotically charged imagery was provocative as it was masterful in its compositional and narrative direction.

 

Over the past decade, recognition and appreciation of his oeuvre has reached high peaks amongst collectors and art experts alike, but it is in recent years that prices have dramatically skyrocketed, and this trend is likely to continue.

Works
  • Helmut Newton, Model checking brake lining, pre 1985
    Model checking brake lining, pre 1985
  • Helmut Newton, Monte Carlo Shoe, ca.1983
    Monte Carlo Shoe, ca.1983
  • Helmut Newton, Monte Carlo Shoe, ca.1983
    Monte Carlo Shoe, ca.1983
  • Helmut Newton, Raquel Welch, Beverly Hills, ca. 1981
    Raquel Welch, Beverly Hills, ca. 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Action Shot, 1985
    Action Shot, 1985
  • Helmut Newton, Blonde On Blonde, 1985
    Blonde On Blonde, 1985
  • Helmut Newton, Models On Diving Boards, 1985
    Models On Diving Boards, 1985
  • Helmut Newton, Sylvia In My Studio, 1985
    Sylvia In My Studio, 1985
  • Helmut Newton, Crocodile Eating Ballerina, from the Pina Bausch Ballet 'Keushleitslegende', Wuppertal, 1983
    Crocodile Eating Ballerina, from the Pina Bausch Ballet 'Keushleitslegende', Wuppertal, 1983
  • Helmut Newton, David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1983
    David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1983
  • Helmut Newton, Nastassja Kinski, 1983
    Nastassja Kinski, 1983
  • Helmut Newton, David Bowie, 1982
    David Bowie, 1982
  • Helmut Newton, Self Portrait With June, 1981
    Self Portrait With June, 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen Dressed, 1981
    Sie Kommen Dressed, 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen Undressed, 1981
    Sie Kommen Undressed, 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen Undressed, 1981
    Sie Kommen Undressed, 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Tied Up Torso, 1981
    Tied Up Torso, 1981
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude I, 1980-83
    Big Nude I, 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude II, 1980-83
    Big Nude II, 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude III (Henrietta), 1980-83
    Big Nude III (Henrietta), 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude IV, 1980-83
    Big Nude IV, 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude Series, 1980-83
    Big Nude Series, 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Big Nude V, 1980-83
    Big Nude V, 1980-83
  • Helmut Newton, Le Cadre Noir de Saumur, 1980
    Le Cadre Noir de Saumur, 1980
  • Helmut Newton, Tied Up Torso, Ramatuelle, 1980
    Tied Up Torso, Ramatuelle, 1980
  • Helmut Newton, Woman Being Filmed, Bulgari Fitting Paris, 1980
    Woman Being Filmed, Bulgari Fitting Paris, 1980
  • Helmut Newton, Woman Being Filmed, Bulgari Fitting Paris, 1980
    Woman Being Filmed, Bulgari Fitting Paris, 1980
  • Helmut Newton, Two Pairs Of Legs In Black Stockings, 1979
    Two Pairs Of Legs In Black Stockings, 1979
  • Helmut Newton, Woman Into Man, 1979
    Woman Into Man, 1979
  • Helmut Newton, Jerry Hall, Spitting, French Vogue, 1978
    Jerry Hall, Spitting, French Vogue, 1978
  • Helmut Newton, Le Piscine, Paris , 1978
    Le Piscine, Paris , 1978
  • Helmut Newton, Mannequin Being Tossed Off Roof , 1978
    Mannequin Being Tossed Off Roof , 1978
  • Helmut Newton, Woman Examining Man, 1978
    Woman Examining Man, 1978
  • Helmut Newton, The Saddle I, 1976
    The Saddle I, 1976
  • Helmut Newton, The Saddle II, 1976
    The Saddle II, 1976
  • Helmut Newton, The Saddle II, 1976
    The Saddle II, 1976
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Aubriot I, II & III, 1975
    Rue Aubriot I, II & III, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, 16th Arrondissement, 1975
    16th Arrondissement, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, 16th Arrondissement, 1975
    16th Arrondissement, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume II, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume II, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
    Elsa Peretti In Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Indifference, 1975
    Indifference, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Indifference, 1975
    Indifference, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot I, 1975
    Rue Abriot I, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot I, 1975
    Rue Abriot I, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot I, 1975
    Rue Abriot I, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot I, II, III, 1975
    Rue Abriot I, II, III, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot II, 1975
    Rue Abriot II, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot II, 1975
    Rue Abriot II, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot II, 1975
    Rue Abriot II, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot III, 1975
    Rue Abriot III, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Rue Abriot III, 1975
    Rue Abriot III, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Winnie On Deck, 1975
    Winnie On Deck, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Woman Adjusting Stockings, 1975
    Woman Adjusting Stockings, 1975
  • Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, 1974
    Andy Warhol, 1974
  • Helmut Newton, Two Models Kissing In My Studio , 1974
    Two Models Kissing In My Studio , 1974
  • Helmut Newton, Charlotte Rampling At Hotel Du Nord, 1973
    Charlotte Rampling At Hotel Du Nord, 1973
  • Helmut Newton, Self Portrait Hotel Bijou, 1973
    Self Portrait Hotel Bijou, 1973
  • Helmut Newton, White Feathers, Cruising Venice, 1966
    White Feathers, Cruising Venice, 1966
Biography

  Helmut Newton was an Australian-German photographer born in 1920 in Berlin and died four years after the millennium. He was from a Jewish background, the son of Klara and Max Neustädte. He went to the Heinrich-von-Treitschke-Realgymnasium in Berlin and then to an American School in the same city. Newton was keen to discover the horizons of photography at a very young age, when he was just twelve years old. He later purchased his own personal camera and began working for Elsie Neuländer Simon, a German photographer from 1936 onwards. 

 

At this time, Jews were being oppressed increasingly in Germany by the Nuremberg law and because of this Newton’s father lost hold over his factory that produced buckles and buttons. Hence, the family was forced to migrate. While Newton’s family was in South America, he made his journey to Singapore and decided to remain there first as a photographer for Straits Times and eventually as a portrait photographer. 

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