June Newton, wife of Helmut Newton, and a photographer in her own right.
Photographer Alice Springs was born by chance in Paris, 1970. She stepped in for Helmut Newton, her husband, who was suffering from a bout of influenza.
June Browne was born in Melbourne in 1923. She trained as an actress, and performed under the artist name June Brunell. In 1947, June met Helmut Newton, who had recently opened a photo studio in Melbourne after having escaped from Nazi Germany. A year later they were married.
June’s photographic oeuvre began when she photographed an advertisement for the French cigarette brand Gitanes under the pseudonym Alice Springs. Newton had her husband show her how to handle the camera and light meter and she completed the assignment in his place. Years later, on the day of his death she would do the same.
In the early 1970s, Alice Springs shot several campaigns for the French hair stylist Jean Louis David as well as editorials in magazines like Dépêche Mode, Marie-Claire and Vogue. 1974 saw the first Alice Springs cover image adorning French Elle.
Springs began to dedicate her work to portrait photography in 1976, publishing images in renowned magazines like Egoïste, Vanity Fair, Interview and Stern. In addition, as Art Director, Springs oversaw the production of all books and exhibition catalogues of Helmut Newton for almost three decades.
Alice Spring’s first solo exhibition of her portraits was held in Amsterdam in 1978. Since 2005 her photos have been exhibited regularly at the Helmut Newton Foundation, namely in “June’s Room.”
Her 2011 retrospective at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin provided for the first time, a comprehensive look at the four decades that span her work, presenting photographs from advertising and fashion as well as nudes and portraits. A 144 page book published by Taschen was released in tandem with the exhibition.