1923 (age 91–92)
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Other names||June Brunell, Alice Springs|
|Spouse(s)||Helmut Newton (m. 1948–2004)|
June Newton (née Browne, 1923) is an Australian actress and photographer. As an actress she was known professionally as June Brunell and won the Erik Kuttner Award for Best Actress in 1956. Since 1970 she has worked as a photographer under the pseudonym Alice Springs. Her photographs have appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Interview, Elle and Vogue.
Modelling and acting
June Browne, a Melbourne native, first met Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton in 1947 at his studio in Melbourne. Browne was working as an actress under the surname Brunell (to avoid confusion with a local actress named June Brown) and had answered an ad for some modelling work at Helmut's studio. The couple were married the following year.
June Newton, still acting under the surname Brunell, won the Erik Kuttner Award for Best Actress in 1956, an award handed out for excellence in theatre in Melbourne. Although she was finding success in Australia as an actress, Helmut was offered a year-long contract with British Vogue and the couple moved to London in 1957. While there, June found acting work with the BBC. Helmut did not enjoy his time there and the couple left England.
June's work as a photographer began in 1970 when she stepped-in for her husband who had fallen ill. Helmut was scheduled to photograph a model for an ad for Gitanes cigarettes when he came down with the flu. Unable to contact the model to cancel their appointment, Helmut gave his wife a quick lesson in photography and she photographed the model later that same day.
As per a 1987 interview with June and her husband for Orange Coast magazine, June said Helmut decided that she should use a different name professionally as a photographer "because he thought one Newton in the family was enough. And if I didn't succeed..." June's chosen pseudonym, Alice Springs, came from the Australian town by the same name. She selected the name by blindly stabbing a pin into a map of Australia. Alice Springs did however find success; by 1974 one of her photographs had appeared on the cover of Elle magazine.
Over her career, Alice Springs' photographs have appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Interview, Stern. Working first as a fashion photographer and later as a portraitist, Newton has photographed such famous figures as 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.
Throughout her photographic career, Newton continued to work as her husband's art-director, acting both as editor and curator of Helmut's work. She also appeared in some of her husband's photos.
Helmut by June
The Newtons lived in Paris for 27 years and then moved to Monte Carlo — wintering in Los Angeles for 3 months of the year. Their lives were documented in the 1995 tele-film Helmut by June, co-produced by the French pay-TV channel Canal+. The majority of the footage for the documentary was shot by June in the 1990s using a video camera that she had originally purchased for her husband as a Christmas present. June's footage was edited down to a one-hour film that was shown in France. This footage was seen by Helmut's friend, film director Brett Ratner, who decided that he wanted to bring it to a US audience. He shot two additional minutes of June talking about Helmut, which he added as an introduction to the film; Ratner's version premiered on Cinemax on 30 April 2007.
Helmut Newton Foundation
On 23 January 2004, Helmut Newton died in a car accident, having lost control of his vehicle as he exited the driveway of the Chateau Marmont hotel. The Helmut Newton Foundation opened in Berlin in June of that same year.
Permanently located in the Museum of Photography in Berlin, The Helmut Newton Foundation is housed in a building that stands next to the train station from which Helmut left Berlin to escape the Nazis in 1938. The Newtons had been planning the foundation's opening just prior to Helmut's death. The opening of the foundation featured June and Helmut's portraits from their joint 1999 publication, Us and Them. The book features portraits that June and Helmut had taken of one another, as well as photographs that they had both taken of certain celebrities.
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