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Biography

Helen Trompeteler is a curator and writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has over fifteen years specialist experience in photography and lens-based arts. Her practice is underpinned by a deep commitment to engaging audiences and broadening access to collections. Past curatorial projects include Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy (2017-20), Josef Breitenbach Research Fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona (2016), Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (2015), Snowdon: A Life in View (2014), and Man Ray Portraits (2013). 

Helen’s writing has been published internationally in artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, books and arts magazines. She has lectured on photography for organisations including Central Saint Martins, National Portrait Gallery London, Regent’s University London, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. 

Helen is a committed advocate for the civic role of photography archives and special collections to encourage dialogue, cultural exchange and inspire positive social change. She is a board member of Four Corners, a learning, production and exhibition centre for film and photography. From 2018-2019, Helen was part of the Museums Association Transformers Programme, a leadership programme addressing the civic role of museums in contemporary society.