The award-winning actress and photographer June Newton aka Alice Springs, widow of the world-famous photographer Helmut Newton, died on 9 April 2021 at the age of 97 in her home in Monte Carlo. Alice Springs had initiated the Berlin-Charlottenburg-based Museum of Photography together with her husband in the early 2000s and was president of the Helmut Newton Foundation. “The Board of Directors and the entire team of the Helmut Newton Foundation mourn the loss of a generous person and a photographer of international renown,” reads the announcement on the artist’s death.
Alice Springs was born June Browne in Melbourne, Australia, in 1923. After school, she trained as an actress and had numerous engagements under the pseudonym June Brunell. In 1947 she met Helmut Newton, who had just set up a photo studio in Melbourne, and married him a year later. In 1956, she was awarded the Australian Erik Kuttner Award for best theatre actress. In the same year, the Newtons moved to London, where Helmut worked for British …
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Image caption: Alice Springs: Self-Portrait, Melbourne 1997 © Alice Springs, Courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation