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Helen is regularly commissioned to write texts for publishers and institutions in Europe and the United States, including artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, edited books and arts magazines. Included here are a selection of publications which reflect Helen’s diverse expertise in photography.

Book Contributions:

The Living Memory Project (2020, Contributor) Essay: Photography and the Family Album

Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty (2017, Contributor) Essay: ‘Cinema Portraits: Transforming Traditions’

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (2015, Author) Essay: ‘Audrey Hepburn: Becoming a Modern Icon’

National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain (2014, Contributor) A new volume presenting highlights from the Gallery’s Collection.

Man Ray Portraits (2013, Co-author) Chronology: A detailed illustrated text setting Man Ray’s work in the context of his life.

Feature Essays:

Photography and Politics in The Woman’s Dreadnought: An essay for the exhibition catalogue for East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth (Four Corners).

Portraiture as Question: Reflections on ‘You Get Me?’ A commissioned essay on the work of photographer Mahtab Hussain.

Lucia Moholy: An essay examining the life and work of modernist photographer Lucia Moholy for Photomonitor.

The Changing Face of Contemporary Photography: for the Aesthetica Art Prize (2014).

Brian Duffy: The Man Who Shot the Sixties: An essay on documentary fashion photographer Brian Duffy for the exhibition catalogue of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Exhibition and Book Reviews:

You Get Me? Mahtab Hussain: A review of the Autograph 2017 exhibition of Mahtab Hussain’s series You Get Me? for Photomonitor.

When War Is Over: by Daniel Alexander & Andrew Haslam: published by Dewi Lewis in 2016. Book review for Photomonitor.

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho: A review of The Photographer’s Gallery 2014 exhibition on John Deakin for Photomonitor.

Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style: A review of the National Theatre’s retrospective Parkinson exhibition, coinciding with the centenary of his birth in April 2013, for Photomonitor.

Magazine Interviews with Photographers:

Marilyn Stafford: Stories in Pictures 1950-1960: An interview with photographer Marilyn Stafford discussing her life in photography, and the background to some of the series of photographic works which are included in exhibition ‘Stories in Pictures 1950-1960’ at Art Bermondsey Project Space from 27th June – 9th July 2017. Published in Photomonitor.

Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows: An interview with photographer Todd Hido for Of the Afternoon (Issue 5, 2014) discussing his photobooks to date.

Glen Erler: Family Tree: An interview with photographer Glen Erler for Of the Afternoon (Issue 4, 2014) discussing his monograph Family Tree published by Kehrer Verlag (2013).

Further Articles:

Herbert Watkins: Photography meets Caricature: A discussion of my new research on nineteenth century photographer Herbert Watkins, including Watkins’s rare and pioneering photo-caricatures.

The Photograph that Inspired Me: William Eggleston: A feature for London Independent Photography’s fLIP magazine discussing how William Eggleston’s 2000 photograph Memphis, Tennessee has inspired me personally and professionally.

Dmitri Kasterine: Twentieth Century Portraits: A profile on photographer Dmitri Kasterine for the National Portrait Gallery’s magazine Face to Face.

Format Photographers Agency 1983-2003: An overview of the womens photography agency Format, for the National Portrait Gallery’s magazine Face to Face.