For twenty years Frederike Helwig has worked as a freelance editorial photographer predominantly in the field of portraiture and fashion. During this time Helwig has produced a series of socially-engaged personal projects, often exploring alternative perspectives of specific subjects or commissioned briefs. Since 2016 she has been associate lecturer at the University of the Arts, London.
Helwig has published three monographs: Propaganda (Self-published, 2016) is a series of still-life photographs depicting motivational slogans covering the walls of an American Highschool, taken alongside a commercial assignment. Rundgang (Here Press, 2017) features portraits and documentary work taken alongside a commission to cover an American real estate development in Nicaragua; work that was equally commissioned but never published by an American magazine. And Kriegskinder (Hatje Cantz, 2017); a long- term independent project initiated in 2014, which explores identity and personal history of people who grew up in post-war Germany.
Helwig’s first solo exhibition Smile (2008) showed fashion portraits produced under contract for Conde Nast, which explored the moral implications and restrictions of working for a commercial publication aimed at children and teenagers. Helwig’s second solo exhibition Skype (2010) featured a series of fashion images produced for an independent magazine via Skype, where the photographer was in London and the editorial team was in New York. Kriegskinder has been presented as solo exhibitions in Berlin and Munich.
Helwig’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Athens Photography Festival APhF 18 and at GFMF, Berlin. Helwig has received awards from D&AD, the Lead Awards for editorial photography in 2000 and 2014, was nominated for an ICP Infinity award in 2010 and received the Anamorphosis Prize for Propaganda in 2017. Kriegskinder was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award in 2019. Her editorial work appears in publications including iD, The Face, Purple, Dazed, Another, Pleasure Garden, Apartemento, W, Achtung, Der Spiegel, Zeit Magazin, SZ Magazin, FAZ Magazin, The Sunday Times Magazine,The Guardian Magazine , The NYT Magazine, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, Le Monde and various Conde Nast Publications alongside independent magazines.
2019 – Group Show - 209 Woman, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2018 – Solo Show - Kriegskinder, Lothringer13 Nest, Munich
2018 – Group Show - Kriegskinder, Athens Photography Festival APhF, Photobook Show, Greece
2018 – GroupShow - Female Female, GFMG, Berlin
2018 – Solo Show - Kriegskinder, Galerie FHoch3, Berlin
2011 – Group Show - Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
2010 – Solo Show - Skype, GFMG, Berlin
2008 – Solo Show - Smile, GFMG, Berlin
2017 – Kriegskinder, Hatje Cantz
2017 – Rundgang, Here Press
2016 – Propaganda, Self-Published
All images © Frederike Helwig
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