Helmut Newton(1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Newton received his first camera at 12 years old, often neglecting his studies in school to pursue photography.
Known for the dramatic lighting and the unconventional poses of his models in his photographs, Newton's work has been characterised as obsessive and subversive, incorporating themes of sadomasochism, prostitution, violence, and persistently-overt sexuality into the narratives of his images.
In 2003, he died in a car crash in Los Angeles, at 84 years old. Among other honors, Newton received the German Kodak Award for Photographic Books, a Life Legend Award from Lifemagazine, and an award from the American Institute for Graphic Arts for his photographs.