FILE – This Friday, March 23, 2012, File Newton, widow of the late fashion photographer Helmut Newton, is holding a press conference to mark the opening of Helmut Newton’s first retrospective in France at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. The Australian photographer and actress June Newton, also known by her pseudonym Alice Springs, died at the age of 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation announced on Saturday in Berlin.


Francois Mori

BERLIN (AP) – Australian photographer and actress June Newton – also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs – died at the age of 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation announced on Saturday in Berlin.

Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died on Friday at her home in Monte Carlo. The cause of death was not given.

“We mourn an outstanding person and an internationally recognized photographer,” wrote the foundation on its website.

Newton, who was born June Browne in Melbourne, Australia in 1923, trained as an actress and often performed under her stage name June Brunell, the foundation said.

In 1947 she met Helmut Newton, a German-Jewish photographer who had fled the Nazis and had just set up a photo studio in Melbourne. They married a year later and were together until 83-year-old Helmut Newton died in a car accident in Los Angeles in 2004.

After moving to Paris with her husband, Newton began her own career as a photographer in 1970 under the pseudonym Alice Springs and soon became a respected artist herself, focusing on portraits.

“Alice Springs not only documents the appearance of celebrities and anonymous contemporaries. It captures their charisma, their aura, ”is how the foundation described its work. “Your eye for people is mostly focused on people’s faces.”