Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (October 31, 1920 - January 23, 2004) 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.”
Born in 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 12 when he purchased his first camera, he worked for the German photographer Yva (Elsie 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 briefly interned in a concentration camp on ‘Kristallnacht,’ November 9, 1938, which finally compelled thefamily to leave Germany. Newton’s parents fled to Chile. He was issued with a passport just after turning 18, and left Germany on December 5, 1938. At Trieste he boarded the ‘Conte Rosso’ (along with about 200others 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.