Lucy Helton

Lucy Helton

Documentary Photography and Print

Lecturer

Lucy Helton is a visual artist whose fictitious and prophetic landscapes address contemporary environmental concerns by offering a sublime vision of the planet's uncertain future. Born in London and recently returned to the UK after 18 years in New York, she received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014. Rising from a necessity to express her personal anxieties and concerns about the environment, her first photo book Actions of Consequence was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her book Transmission (Silas Finch, 2015) – a message from our future to our recent past – printed on antiquated fax machines, was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Seeing visual arts as a means of engagement, Helton uses concept-specific technologies to image the relationship between human beings and the landscapes we inhabit. Gaining a HAM (amateur) radio license, she continues to test the boundaries of art and technology by making both long and short-range image transmissions. Starting September 2022 she will be a PHD candidate at the Slade School of Art / University College London using sustainable materials and image transmission to focus on human environmental impact in outer-space. Helton’s books are collected by the Cleveland Institute of Art, MoMA, MET, Brooklyn Museum, Houston Center of Photography, Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, among others.