Newton’s work has has been exhibited worldwide and featured in magazines and numerous mongraphs.
The preservation and presentation of his work is managed by the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, which was established in 2003.
Skillfully using symbolism and anti-fashion accessories such as medical harnesses and equestrian riding gear, he pushes the envelope of erotic style and dramatization. Fashion takes on a dangerous edge as it reconciles objective ugliness with exotic beauty. How does he get away with it? Paris is the right place at the right time, a relaxed cultural oasis in which the new pornographers are already de-constructing the visual and literary arts.
Maurice Gerodias of the Olympia Press publishes Pauline Reage’s The Story of O about a beautiful though masochistic Parisian photographer who becomes the willing sex slave of a group of male libertines at a mysterious chateau and Helmut, with a large supply of adventuress Vogue models and movie starlets at his disposal, takes his cue.
Helmut Newton reveal the secrets
Helmut Newton reminisces erotically, geographically youth and apprenticeship in Berlin, failed photographer and gigolo in Singapore, alien confinement and patriation in Australia, wedding photographer and marriage in Melbourne, breakout and fashion stringer in London, Paris, New York jet-set famous in Monaco and L.A. with sidebars to Berlin, Rome, and places beyond. Politically, strategically, aesthetically Paris is the place that allows him to break the boundaries of conventional fashion illustration.