Item #CL206-56 [Fashion Photographs, Melbourne]. Helmut Newton, 1920–2004 German/Australian.
[Fashion Photographs, Melbourne]
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[Fashion Photographs, Melbourne]

1948. Pair of vintage silver gelatin photographs, one with annotations in pencil in an unknown hand including caption and date “9.1.’48”, both with photographer’s stamps verso, 24.8 x 17cm, 24.8 x 18.9cm. Minor handling crinkles to corners, small chips to edges of margins.

Caption reads “Eye-catching detail. New polo model by Adelyn.” Annotations include “Please credit Helmut Newton when publishing this photo.” Stamps include “White Manf. Co., 46 Flinders Lane, Melbourne” and “Helmut Newton, Photo – Illustration. 353 Flinders Lane, M U 2855.”

German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter) was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications.” During WWII, Newton was interned in Singapore and then sent to Australia in 1940. He was released in 1942 and became a British subject in 1945, changing his name to Newton. In 1946, he set up a studio in Melbourne and worked on fashion, theatre and industrial photography. In 1948, Newton married actress June Browne (a.k.a. Brunell), who later became a successful photographer under the pseudonym of Alice Springs (1923–2021). He shared his first joint exhibition in May 1953 with Wolfgang Sievers (German/Aust., 1913–2007). The exhibition was “probably the first glimpse of New Objectivity photography in Australia.” Newton went into partnership with German-born Henry Talbot (1920–1999), and his association with the studio continued after 1957, when he left Australia for London. The studio was renamed 'Helmut Newton and Henry Talbot' and continued to be in business until 1976. Ref: Wiki.

Newton’s Australian photography rarely comes to the marketplace.

Item #CL206-56

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