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Helen Trompeteler is a curator and writer deeply committed to supporting the vision of underrepresented artists working with photography, as demonstrated by decades of curatorial leadership experience, passionate arts advocacy, and extensive writing for publications worldwide.

Born in London, her European heritage and her grandparents’ experiences of migration shaped her early life. In her chosen home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Helen is deeply grounded in her local community while bringing international perspectives to her role as Deputy Director of Programs at Silver Eye Center for Photography. 

Her decades-long collaborative work with artists and audiences continues to explore expansive approaches to photography, including how ways of seeing inherited from the past affect the expression and understanding of contemporary experience.

Helen Trompeteler in conversation with Grace Roselli, Jo-Anne Bates, Fran Flaherty, Kilolo Luckett, and Diane Samuels during Fellowship 23 at Silver Eye Center for Photography. Photo Tara Geyer | Courtesy Alma | Lewis