1920: born in berlin as helmut neustädter; resides in berlin-schöneberg.
1930 until 1934: attends school at the heinrich von treitschke realgymnasium in berlin-schöneberg.
1934 until 1938: resides in berlin-halensee.
1934 until 1935: attends the american school in berlin-schöneberg. after change of residence, attends secondary school in berlin-grunewald.
1936 until 1938: apprenticeship with the portrait, nude and fashion photographer yva (else simon, neé neuländer) in berlin-charlottenburg.
1938: flees berlin via train at zoo station towards trieste, taking with him two stills cameras. finds work in singapore at the “singapore straits times.”
1940: arrives in australia and serves for five years in the australian army. in 1946 becomes an australian citizen.
1947: meets actress june brunell, who poses as a model for him. they marry one year later.
1956: extended travels through europe. in london acquires a one-year contract at british vogue, which newton quits after 11 months. thereafter in paris and return to melbourne; contract with australian vogue.
1961: back to paris, takes apartment in the rue aubriot in marais quarter. full-time position with french vogue, occasional editorial photography for british vogue and queen.
1964: until 1966 editorials for french elle.
1964: acquires a small house and vineyard in ramatuelle, not far from st. tropez, where helmut and june newton will spend their future vacations.
1966: renews contract with french vogue under the new editor-in-chief francine crescent.
1970: june newton (alias alice springs) begins her career as photographer: when her husband is ill, she steps in to shoot a cigarette advertisement.
1971: helmut newton suffers a heart attack in new york. convalescence in lennox hill hospital, new york.
1975:first exhibitions of the commercially successful photographer: first solo exhibit in the nikon gallery in paris.
1976: publication of his first volume of photographs white women.
1981: helmut and june newton move from paris to monaco; they will spend the winter months in los angeles.
1990: awarded the french “grand prix national de la photographie.”
1992: awarded “officier des arts, lettres et sciences” in monaco as well as presentation of the das grosse verdienstkreuz of the federal republic of germany.
1996: commendation to “commandeur de l’ordre des arts et lettres” by the french ministry of culture.
2000: large retrospective for his 80th birthday in the new national gallery (neue nationalgalerie) in berlin that travels to london, new york, tokyo, moscow and prague, among others.
2003: formal agreement on the establishment of the helmut newton foundation in berlin with the prussian cultural heritage foundation (stiftung preußischer kulturbesitz).
2004: helmut newton dies in los angeles. the helmut newton foundation is opened shortly following his death.