Emeritus Professor Helen Ennis FAHA specialises in Australian photographic history and is concerned with finding new ways of thinking, curating and writing about photographs. She joined ANU School of Art & Design in 1995 and was Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory from 2014-2018. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia. Helen has written extensively on photography. Her most recent publication, Olive Cotton: A life in photography (2019) was supported by a Peter Blazey Fellowship, funding from the Australia Council Literature Board, and the inaugural Australian Book Review George Hicks Foundation Fellowship. Her earlier biography, Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. As an independent curator Helen works closely with national cultural institutions and has curated eight major exhibitions since 2000. They include In a New Light: Photography and Australia 1850s-2000 (2003-04), Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography (2005) and Reveries: Photography and Mortality (2007). Her book Photography and Australia was published by Reaktion, London in 2007 and Wolfgang Sievers was published in 2011. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University in 2017. Helen is currently working on a creative non-fiction project on Australia photographer Charles Bayliss. She also researchs in the area of death studies, museology and curatorship.
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