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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Helen Chadwick

Dates:  1953 - 1996
Born:  UK, London, Croydon
Active:  UK
 
  
Widely exhibited British photographer who tragically died of viral myocarditis in 1996.

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Approved biography for Helen Chadwick
Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)

 
  
Helen Chadwick came to widespread public attention in 1986 with her exhibition Of Mutability and was short-listed for the Turner Prize the following year. Chadwick frequently chose to represent herself in her work, in part to question and confront conventional ideas about the human body, gender, and sexuality. Her use of an ordinary photocopier to record her own body in The Oval Court created images which are both frankly realistic and curiously mysterious. Her death in 1996 was untimely and a great loss to British visual culture. 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011. 
  
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Edward Woodman
Vanity 
1986
 
  
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Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Helen Chadwick.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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