Helmut Newton has been one of the biggest influences in fashion photography, and one of my personal favorite photographers of all time. The German native began his journey back in 1936, after he found that his true passion was taking photos. After returning from serving the Australian army for five years, Newton opened up a small studio in Melbourne. By 1950, he was hired by Australian Vogue to then also be hired by British and French Vogue soon after. Throughout his successful career, Helmut Newton contributed to magazines such as Playboy, Queen, Nova, Marie-Claire, Elle, and the American, Italian, and German issues of Vogue.
Once Newton was established, he began to photograph more provocatively, while still maintaining his classic fashion, portrait and documentary elements in his photos. It became controversial at the time, but he continued to create his art in this way. In 1975, he staged his very first one-man exhibition, and published a book titled White Women the following year. He worked for the next 25 years continuing to publish books and creating exhibitions and was in high-demand up until his death in 2004.
Newton’s work throughout his whole career was incredible, and any time I am looking through his photos, I find myself mesmerized. I love that he wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries in his work, because it is what ultimately made him unique in photography. Take a look back into the archives with his work below, and don’t forget to subscribe for weekly newsletters!