Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

Birth
Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Death 23 Jan 2004 (aged 83)
West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Friedenau, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Memorial ID 8309362 · View Source
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Famous for his decadent photography, Newton was a controversial, but clearly groundbreaking photographer. A German Jew whose family was broken up by the Nazis, Newton, born in 1920 in Berlin lived an exciting and terrifying life. The product of a privileged German family, he bought his first camera at age 12 and was immediately in love with the aperture. Apprenticed to Yva, the great fashion photographer, Helmut learned his art well and dreamed of becoming a photographer for Vogue magazine. But before long, he fled Germany and the Nazi rule. Young Helmut went to Singapore; his parents sailed to South America. This split forced him into an independent and nomadic life. A handsome, dashing figure, he was honest about his period working as a gigolo, his time in an Australian prison camp because of his expired German passport, his years in the Australian army and his ongoing passion for photography. He married his wife, June, then got his big break in 1961, when he joined French Vogue. Newton became famous for his erotic and risque photos of nudes. In 1976, he published White Women, a amazing book that established him as one of the greats in fashion photography history. So brilliant and stylish were Newton's images, they became a Vogue hallmark. He wrote an autobiography that was highly revealing and compelling to read. He died on Friday, January 23, 2004 as he left his residence at the Chateau Marmont (same hotel that John Belushi was found dead) in West Los Angeles, California. He was killed when his Cadillac SUV slammed into a wall just outside the gate of the hotel.

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  • Added: 23 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8309362
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helmut Newton (31 Oct 1920–23 Jan 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8309362, citing Friedhof Schöneberg III, Friedenau, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.