Helmut Newton


Acclaimed photographer Helmut Newton was killed in a car crash Friday Jan. 23 in Hollywood. He was 83.

He lost control of his Cadillac while leaving the Chateau Marmont hotel and crashed into a wall across the street, a police spokeswoman said. Newton was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but died a short time later.

Fashion photographer, whose work appeared in magazines such as Playboy, Elle and Vogue, was best known for his stark, black-and-white nudes.

Berlin native, who was Jewish, fled Germany for Singapore in December 1938, a month after Nazi-led attacks on Jewish communities. He eventually settled in Australia, where he was interned after Germany invaded France; once he was released, he became a citizen, then took up residence in Monte Carlo.

His autobiography, describing his signature photo style, appeared last year.

Robert Sobieszek, photo dept. chief at the L.A. County Museum of Art, noted to the L.A. Times: “His work was never dirty … but he stretched the boundaries of what a fashion magazine looked like.”

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, actress June Browne (aka photog Alice Springs). The couple regularly wintered at the hotel for the past 25 years.

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