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June Newton

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Helmut Newton. Legacy

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June Newton

June Newton, née Browne, was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1923. As a young woman she was passionately interested in the theater, and worked as an actress under the name June Brunell, receiving the Erik Kuttner Award in 1956. She married the photographer Helmut Newton in Melbourne in 1948 and became a photographer herself in 1970, using the pseudonym Alice Springs. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, including Vanity Fair, Interview, Elle, and Vogue. Her many famous subjects include William S. Burroughs, Catherine Deneuve, Graham Greene, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yves Saint Laurent, and Nicole Kidman.

June Newton

With a suite of pseudonyms and an even larger catalogue of work, June Newton (formerly June Browne, and better known professionally as Alice Springs) is an elusive yet influential photographer. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Newton pursued a career in the theatre before abandoning the stage to emigrate with her husband. While her aspirations as an actor faded, her new life alongside one of the most celebrated fashion photographers re-ignited her interest in character and persona. Traveling the world with Helmut Newton, June took on the art direction and production of his shoots. Later she became his curator and editor, in particular of the TASCHEN SUMO title on Helmut, recently revised ten years after its first release.

Known for his highly stylized and cruelly cold images, Helmut Newton’s pictures often incite a conversation about the depiction of women in fashion photography. June Newton’s images couldn’t be more different. Her photos have been said to capture the soul and spirit of her subjects, rather than the je ne sais quoi of glamour. As a female photographer she is interested in the psychology of her sex and captures other women on film in a distinctive and powerful way. June Newton’s work establishes an honest and intimate relationship between photographer and model and while she began her career in the fashion industry, publishing images in Vogue, Elle, Interview, and Vanity Fair magazines, she now mostly works in portraiture. Not that she shies away from fame. Many celebrities have sat for her, including include William S. Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, Catherine Deneuve, Graham Greene, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christopher Reeve, Diana Vreeland, Yves Saint Laurent, Brigitte Nielsen, and Nicole Kidman.

Alongside her portraits June Newton also documented the LA punk scene during the 1980s and directed the 1995 documentary Helmut by June, comprised of her own video footage, writing and narration. As a creative couple the Newtons also published the TASCHEN photo book Us and Them, which juxtaposes their individual practices while providing insight into their views of each other and their shared world in the fast lane of photography. Other TASCHEN books on June Newton include the book Alice Springs. The Paris MEP Show coinciding with a major retrospective at the Helmut Newton Foundation in 2016.