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HELMUT NEWTON - Photographies - Biographie





1920 – born October 31 in Berlin

1930/32 – secondary school Heinrich von Treitschke in Berlin

1933/36 – American School in Berlin

1936/38 – takes photography lessons from Yvi, a Berlin photographer famous for her fashion, portrait and nude photography

1938 – leaves Germany; his first destination is Singapore

1939 – begins work as a photojournalist for the Singapore Straits newspaper, but is dismissed after two weeks on the grounds of incompetence

1940 – moves to Australia where he spends the next seventeen years

1940/1944 – serves in the Australian army. He then opens a studio in Melbourne and gets Australian citizenship

1947 – meets June Browne (June Brunell), an actress, and marries her the following year; June takes up photography under the pseudonym Alice Springs

1956 – returns to Europe and works in London for the British edition of Vogue for one year

1957 – moves to Paris; in the 1950's and 1960's contributes to various (French, American, British and Italian) editions of Vogue; works also as the photographer for Elle, Marie-Claire, Jardin des Modes, Playboy (US), Nova, Queen and other publications but does most of the work for Vogue and Stern

1975 – first solo exhibition in the Nikon Gallery in Paris

1976 – awarded the Art Directors Club Award in Tokyo for best photograph

1977/78 – his first book White Women is awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award

1978/79 – awarded the gold medal by the German Art Directors Club for his achievements in photography

1981 – moves to Monte Carlo

1987 – founds his own magazine titled Helmut Newton's Illustrated (by 1995, 4 issues are published; reprinted in 2000 by the Schirmer/Mosel publishing house from Munich) 1989 – conferred the decoration Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by Jack Lang, the French minister of culture. Awarded the award for outstanding achievements and contribution to the photography in the 1960s and 1970s by The Photographic Society of Japan; the then mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac decorates him with Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris

1990 – awarded the French Grand Prix national de la Photographie

1992 – becomes Chevalier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences in Monaco; in the following years he receives numerous other awards and prizes in Japan, Germany and USA; when in the States, he spends all winters in the Marmont mansion just outside L.A., photographing Hollywood giants

2004 – dies on January 23 in Hollywood; in June the Helmut Newton Foundation is opened in his hometown Berlin



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