Helmut Newton is one of my favorite photographers.
Originally from Berlin, Newton lived in Australia, France and America. He started working with Vogue as early as the mid 1950s but didn’t really come into recognized success until the 70s with his work for Vogue France. He was married to June Brunell (who later changed her name to Alice Springs). They would work together – she became a renown photographer in her own right. Sadly Newton passed away in 2004.
His work can tend to the commercial but at the same time be very provocative, keeping it satisfyingly shocking.
And his subjects are always FIERCE. Through setting, highly contrasted lighting and dramatic poses he creates some of the most powerful photographs you can find.
His work often evokes S&M and plays with the role of domination. But the women always seem to be in control. They are…
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