Writing

Helen has contributed texts for publishers and institutions in Europe and the United States, from artist monographs and exhibition catalogues to leading photography magazines. Helen is available for freelance writing commissions and can be contacted via e-mail The selection of publications and articles below gives an overview of research interests and activity.

Book Contributions:

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

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (2015, Co-author) Lead catalogue 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:

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:

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:

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.