Helmut was born in Berlin (1920- 2004) and lived in Germany, Australia, England, France and later in life Los Angeles, California and Monte Carlo where the glamorous and beautiful could be found. Interested in photography from the age of 12 when he purchased his first camera, Helmut worked for the German photographer Yva (Elsie Neulander Simon) from 1936. The budding fashion and theatre photographer went on to Australia in 1946 where he partnered with fellow photographer Henry Talbot, a fellow German.
Helmut’s association with Talbot continued even after 1957, when he left Australia for London to photograph for British Vogue. In 1961 Helmut settled in Paris where he would remain through the ‘60’s and ‘70’s shooting for most notably Paris Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix national de la photographie; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco.
In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time. Working and living in close companionship with his wife until his death at 83, his images remain as distinctive, seductive and original as ever.