Maxine Helfman



Inspired by historic paintings, I reinterpret them from a contemporary point of view. This image is from a body of work titled, Vaguely Accurate, in which I had makeup applied as it would have been painted. This process, combined with a mixture of lighting, resulted in a series of photographs that feel more like paintings. I am a self-taught, late bloomer. After spending years as a stylist and art director, I turned to photography. I have since been shooting for editorial and advertising clients while pursuing personal projects. The work has been recognized by Px3, IPA, Foto DG, Flash Forward, Critical Mass, British Journal of Photography and PHOTONews, as well as the permanent collection of Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art Houston.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.