Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer born in the 1920’s, notorious for his black and white erotic and provocative fashion images.
Born in Berlin, Newton lived in Australia before moving to London in 1957, after his growing reputation as a fashion photographer was rewarded and he won a 12-month contract with British Vogue. However, Newton had other plans and left the magazine before the contract was finished to go to Paris where he worked for many French and German magazines.
Late in his career in 1971, encouraged by his wife, Newton began to photograph overtly sexual images.
Newton challenged conventions and created a provocative, hybrid style of photography that embraced fashion, erotica, portrait and documentary elements, and produced a highly stylised interpretation of elegant and decadent ways of life.
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