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Helen Ennis was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (1985-1992), going on to become Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory and Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History at ANU School of Art & Design (2014-18). She is currently Emeritus Professor.  

Helen has worked extensively as a photography curator and writer. Since 2000 she has curated eight major exhibitions for the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia and other cultural institutions. Her many books include Photography and Australia (Reaktion), Reveries: Photography and Mortality (National Portrait Gallery). Her biography, Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography (National Gallery), won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and was judged Best Book by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, both in 2006. Helen's research on Cotton has been supported by the Australia Council Literature Board and the ABR George Hicks Foundation Fellowship; and related essays have been published in Meanjin and ABR. 



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