Camera Portraits is the personal website of photography curator Helen Trompeteler, featuring current research, alongside an online archive of Helen’s displays, exhibitions, and publications.
At the National Portrait Gallery, London, Helen has contributed research to major exhibitions including Man Ray Portraits (2013) and curated a diverse range of historical and contemporary displays, including Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney (2013), Fred Daniels: Cinema Portraits (2013), Spotlight on Peter Rand (2012), Mick Jagger: Young in the 60s (2011), From Where I Stand: Mary McCartney (2010) and Jane Bown: Exposures (2009).
Helen’s research interests cover all aspects of the history of photography, with a special focus on early twentieth century European photography. Current research projects include on stage, theatre and society photographer Sasha (Alexander Stewart). As an independent curator Helen has worked as a selector on exhibitions and projects with organisations including the Association of Photographers, London Independent Photography, Miniclick and Source Photographic Review.
Published writing includes an illustrated chronology of Man Ray’s life and career for exhibition catalogue Man Ray Portraits (2013) which has subsequently been reissued in Spanish, French and Russian editions. Most recently Helen has contributed features on contemporary photographers Todd Hido (2014) and Glen Erler (2013) for photography magazine Of the Afternoon, and essay ‘The Changing Face of Contemporary Photography’ for The Aesthetica Art Prize (2014) anthology. Previously published essays include on Lucia Moholy and Norman Parkinson for online magazine Photomonitor; and ‘Brian Duffy: The Man Who Shot the Sixties’, to an exhibition of the same name held at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2011).