Australian portrait photographer June Newton, widow of Helmut Newton, died in Monte-Carlo at the age of 97, the Foundation she had created in Berlin announced on Saturday. “We deplore the loss of an exceptional personality and an internationally renowned photographer,” wrote in a statement the Helmut Newton Foundation, of which she was the president.
June Newton, born Brown, whose artist name was Alice Springs, had met Helmut Newton, a European photography legend, at the age of 24 when she was an actress in Australia. The couple remained married for more than 60 years, until the death of Helmut Newton in 2004 in a traffic accident in Los Angeles.
June Newton had started the profession of photographer by chance in 1970, replacing her ailing husband at short notice for publicity photos. June Newton will then become a renowned portrait painter, photographing Yves Saint-Laurent, Billy Wilder, Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman through Madonna and the Hells Angels. She worked for the magazines Vanity Fair, Elle or Vogue.
June Newton had created in 2004 the Foundation which bears the name of her husband, located in Berlin, the city where he was cremated.