Helmut Klein's passion taking photographs started when he was 8 years old. During his education he studied graphic- and visual arts and the prepress process, whilst taking lessons in photography as well.

From 1970 to 1977 he lived in South Africa, starting a career as an editorial photographer, which led to his first exhibitions, showing life of all social-economic groups in the country. From 1977 he worked in Seattle and Vancouver, returning to Vienna in 1979.

Since 1981 he is working as professional photographer mainly in the field of advertising and editorial.
During the next years he was credited with several international awards for advertising and editorial photography. Exhibitions in Europe and USA.
He is a member of the Visual Arts Association Vienna Kuenstlerhaus. Since 1988 he is a member of the Art Directors Club New York. Several exhibitions, e. g. at the KÜNSTLERHAUS, the Gallery for Erotic Art and MONAT DER FOTOGRAFIE in Vienna. 2005 Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg, Germany, 2006 Galerie Scorpion in Hamburg.