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Helen Ennis

In Conversation

Streamed live at 2:00pm (AEST), Saturday 2nd July 2022
Helen Ennis
Video: 47 minutes

Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis, joins us for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits. Helen investigates portraits from our Collection, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 and Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London. What happens when photographers get close, perhaps too close, to their famous subjects?

Helen Ennis is a writer on photography and a biographer. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, and Director of the ANU’s Centre for Art History and Art Theory and the Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History. Her biographies Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography (2005) and Olive Cotton: A life in photography (2019) have been widely acclaimed. In 2020 Helen was awarded the Magarey Medal for Biography and the J Dudley Johnston Medal from the Royal Photographic Society, London. She is Emeritus Professor, ANU School of Art & Design.

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