Writing

Helen is available for freelance writing commissions. If you wish to discuss future collaborations please contact Helen 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.