Newton, Helmut

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later. He achieved international fame in the 1970and#8217;s while working principally for French Vogue, and over the next three decades his celebrity and influence continued to grow. Eschewing studios for the most part, Newton preferred to shoot in the streets or in interiors. His mixture of controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. In 1990 he was awarded the and#8220;Grand Prix Nationaland#8221; for photography; in 1992 was awarded by the German government and#8220;Das Grosse Verdienstkreuzand#8221; for his services to German culture and was appointed and#8220;Officer des Arts, Lettres et Sciencesand#8221; by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996, he was appointed and#8220;Commandeur de land#8217;Ordre des Arts et des Lettresand#8221; by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, through his last click of the shutter he continued to be as distinctive and influential as ever.