Known for his highly sexualized black white fashion photography, Newton was one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century. Sometimes referred to as the Father of the provocative aesthetic, Newton changed the image of fashion models from docile and timid, to the fierce dangerous and sensual female around whom men were reduced to servants. In this way, Newton's photography can be considered sexually liberating, in a way that floated conventionally mores. Indeed often explored sadomasochistic themes in his work and many times portrayed women in dominant positions vis à vis men. "{He} deepened our understanding of changing gender roles, of the ways in which beauty creates its own kind of power and corruption." Said Wallis Annenberg of Newton.
Newton was born "Helmut Neustädter" to a wealthy Jewish family in Germany's 1920s. His photographs have appeared in publications such as Vogue, Queen and Elle among other major publications. A celebrated and award winning photographer, Newton was awarded The French "Grand Prix National de la Photographie"; the "Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences" in Monaco; the "Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz" from the Federal Republic of Germany, and a commendation to "Commandeur de L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" from the French Ministry of Culture. Newton is perhaps well known for his stunning and iconic portraits of figures ranging from powerful politicians like Margaret Thatcher to actors like Leonardo Di Caprio and musicians like David Bowie.
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