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Private Property

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Through their inimitable mixture of eroticism, subdued elegance and decadent luxury, Newton's pictures reflect in the highest aesthetic quality an obsession with human vanity - from female exhibitionism to male voyeurism. With technical perfection, an extremely detailed style and a relentless directness, Newton staged the neverending psychodrama that contrasts glamour with the need for admiration, self-confidence with the desire for self-presentation, and Eros with Thanatos. Private Property was originally a three-part portfolio containing 45 black-and-white photographs. It includes Newton's best work from the period 1972-1983 - an exquisite assortment of fashion shots, portraits, and erotic motifs which are all based on real locations and luxurious life styles. The entire sequence of picture from the Private Property portfolio is included in our book which first appeared in 1989.

Издательство: "Schirmer/Mosel" (1994)

ISBN: 978-3-88814-391-5

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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (October 31, 1920, Berlin, Germany – January 23, 2004, West Hollywood, California, USA) was a German-Australian fashion photographer noted for his nude studies of women.

Born in Schoneberg, Berlin, to a German-Jewish button-factory owner and an American mother, Newton attended the Heinrich-von-Treitschke-Realgymnasium and the American School in Berlin. Interested in photography from the age of twelve when he purchased his first camera, he worked for the German photographer Yva (Else Neulander Simon) from 1936. The increasingly oppressive restrictions placed on Jews by the Nuremberg laws meant that his father lost control of the factory in which he manufactured buttons and buckles; he was even briefly interned in a concentration camp. ‘Kristallnacht’ on 9 November 1938 compelled the family to leave Germany. Newton's parents fled to Chile. He was issued with a passport just after turning 18, and left Germany on 5 December 1938. At Trieste he boarded the 'Conte Rosso' (along with about two hundred others escaping the Nazis) intending to journey to China. After arriving in Singapore he decided to remain as a reporter for the "Straits Times" and worked as a portrait photographer.

Newton was interned by British authorities while in Singapore, and was sent to Australia on board the 'Queen Mary', arriving in Sydney on 27 September 1940 [http://www.naa.gov.au/naaresources/publications/books/Internment-extract.pdf] . Internees travelled to the camp of Tatura, Victoria by train under armed guard. He was released from internment in 1942, and briefly worked as a fruit-picker in northern Victoria. In April 1942, he enlisted with the Australian Army and worked as a truck driver. After the war, in 1945 he became an Australian citizen, and changed his name to Newton in 1946. In 1948 he married actress June Browne, who performed under the stage-name 'June Brunell'. She later became a successful photographer under the ironic pseudonym 'Alice Springs' (after Alice Springs, the central Australian town).

In 1946, Newton set up a studio in fashionable Flinders Lane and worked primarily on fashion photography in the affluent post-war years. He shared his first joint exhibition in May 1953 with Wolfgang Sievers, a German refugee like himself who had also served in the same Company. The exhibition of ‘New Visions in Photography’ was held at the Federal Hotel in Collins Street and was probably the first glimpse of 'New Objectivity' photography in Australia. Newton went into partnership with Henry Talbot, a fellow German Jew who had also been interned at Tatura, and his association with the studio continued even after 1957 when he left Australia for London. The studio was renamed 'Helmut Newton and Henry Talbot'.

Newton's growing reputation as a fashion photographer was rewarded when he secured a commission to illustrate fashions in a special Australian supplement for Vogue magazine, published in January 1956. He won a twelve-month contract with British Vogue and he left for London in February 1957, leaving Talbot to manage the business. He left the magazine before the end of his contract and went to Paris where he worked for French and German magazines. He returned to Melbourne in March 1959 to a contract for Australian Vogue.

He settled in Paris in 1961 and continued work as a fashion photographer. His works appeared in magazines including, most significantly, French "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar". He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes, often with sado-masochistic and fetishistic subtexts. A heart attack in 1970 slowed his output somewhat but he extended his work and his notoriety/fame greatly increased, notably with his 1980 "Big Nudes" series which marked the pinnacle of his erotic-urban style, underpinned with excellent technical skills. He also worked in portraiture and more fantastical studies.

Newton was extremely fond of his hometown of Berlin, and in October 2003 he donated an extensive photo collection to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, establishing the Helmut Newton Foundation. The foundation’s aim is the conservation, protection and presentation of the oeuvre of Helmut Newton and Alice Springs.

In his later life, Newton lived in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. He was killed when his car hit a wall in the driveway of the famous Chateau Marmont, the hotel on Sunset Boulevard which had for several years served as his residence in Southern California. It has been speculated that Newton suffered a heart attack in the moments before the collision. Fact|date=January 2007 His ashes are buried next to Marlene Dietrich at the Städtischen Friedhof III in Berlin.

References

* Marshall Blonsky & Helmut Newton, Private Property, Schirmer Art Books, 1989
* Guy Featherstone, 'Helmut Newton's Australian years', in The La Trobe Journal, The State Library of Victoria Foundation, No 76, Spring, 2005
* Klaus Honnef & Helmut Newton, Helmut Newton: Portraits, Schirmer Art Books, 1986
* Klaus Neumann, 'In the Interest of National Security: Civilian Internment in Australia during World War II', Canberra: National Archives of Australia, 2006.
* Helmut Newton, White Women, New York: Congreve, 1976
* Helmut Newton, Sleepless Nights, New York: Congreve, 1978
* Helmut Newton, Big Nudes, Paris: Editions du Regard, 1981
* Helmut Newton, World Without Men, New York: Xavier Moreau, 1984
* Helmut Newton & June Newton, Helmut Newton Work, edited by Manfred Heiting, Taschen, 2000
* Helmut Newton, Sumo, Taschen, 2000
* Helmut Newton, Autobiography, Nan A. Talese, 2003
* Helmut Newton, A Gun for Hire, edited by June Newton, Taschen, 2005

External links

* [http://www.helmutnewton.com Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin]
* [http://www.artfacts.net/index.php/pageType/artistInfo/artist/3942 Exhibitions with Helmut Newton on Artfacts] – Helmut Newton's works are still widely at present in various shows and permanent collections in museums or galleries throughout the world
* [http://www.phinnweb.org/livingroom/ILikeToWatch/helmutnewton/ Helmut Newton @ pHinnWeb]
* [http://www.artinfo24.com/kuenstler-verzeichnis.php?id=34 Books and Exhibition of Helmut Newton]
* [http://user.tninet.se/~ryk484d/newton/newton.htm Pictures made by Helmut Newton]
* [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Berlin_gedenktafel_helmut_newton.jpgPhoto of the memorial plate at the birthplace of Newton in Berlin-Schöneberg, Innsbrucker Straße 24.]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=innsbrucker+strasse+24,+Berlin,+Germany&sll=52.48197,13.342896&sspn=0.011212,0.039911&ie=UTF8&t=k&om=1&ll=52.48197,13.342896&spn=0.005606,0.019956&z=16&iwloc=addr View of Newton's birthplace in Berlin]
* [http://community.livejournal.com/ruguru/677468.html More Helmut Newton Photographs]
* [http://www.madeinphoto.fr/ MADEinPHOTO.fr] Gallery of the most important photographers of the XX° century

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