© Elia Festa
© Elia Festa
© Elia Festa

HELMUT NEWTON

Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920 from a wealthy Jewish family. As a teenager in 1936 he was working as an assistant for Yva, a fashion photographer of portraits and nudes. In order to avoid the Nazi’s deportation he moved to Australia where he got a new passport. He started working as a fashion photographer and moved back to Europe with his wife June. After his initial period in Paris, he has been living and working between Montecarlo and Los Angeles. From the early Sixties through the Seventies Newton editorial work appeared on French, American, English and Italian “Vogue” and other fashion magazines. Newton photography is one of the most recognizable of all; he changed the perception of feminine glamour and appeal. Helmut Newton created a new style: his masculine androgynous women and his ironic staged sit-com portraits made fashion becoming an art by itself. Just before his death, with the support of the City of Berlin, he created the Helmut Newton Foundation. He died in 2004 in a car crash in Hollywood, California. Photology has been representing Helmut Newton (works available for sale) since the very beginning with its premiere retrospective Very Important Portraits in 1992 in Cortina and the publication of his first and only pocket size catalogue (book available for sale). Later on, other shows at Photology Milano, Private Property (1995), Newtoniana (2005) and public exhibitions in Bologna (Big Nudes 1997, Sumo 2000) and Città di Castello (1995).