Helmut Newton, was a German-Australian photographer. He was a “prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications.”
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, published in January 1956. He won a 12-month contract with British Vogue and left for London in February 1957. Newton 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. This spring at the Grand Palais starts an exhibition of Helmut Newton works, retrospective of what he did especially in France and French Vogue.As I studied a 2 year course of photography during my studies in graphic design, this man naturally had a huge role in comparing the past and present of photography styles, especially in fashion. Erotic and underground notes are highly used today in fashion companies of top brands, where feminine couture is worn in edgy and uncomfortable poses that many of his muses have in his pieces.
What an inspirative and profound trail he left on fashion photography and the concept of Polaroid and erotic artwork!