Helmut Newton (1920-2004)
updated 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
Raised in Berlin as Helmut Neustadter, Newton—who died on Jan. 23 in a car crash in L.A.—was labeled misogynistic by some who scorned his kinky aesthetic. Instead, says Vogue editor Anna Wintour, he was a provocateur with "a naughty-boy sense of humor." He kept it until he died at 83 (leaving June, his wife of 55 years). His final Vogue shoot featured a woman in a gold swimsuit, lying on a bed of nails.