About Helen

A nomad from the start Helen Margaret Giovanello was born in London but grew up in Turin, Italy.


Finding the essence of life has been her drive since childhood.

Curious to explore all sort of artistic expressions while studying Philosophy and Human Sciences Helen moved to Paris, France.

​In 1996 she graduated from ICP "The International Center of Photography" New York. 


From, Africa, to India, to USA, Helen kept on documenting the human condition in an intimate and personal way.

Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. Among her clients were The NY Times, Le Monde, Newsweek, Courrier International, L’Espresso.

The spiritual seeking brought Helen to explore in depth, the Advaita (non-duality) with Indian and western masters. She also trained as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

Having obtained a grant from The Planethood foundation in 2004 Helen moved to Uganda to document one of the longest African war. In 2009 she was assigned by HELP India Trust to produce “Regards sur le Sida” a book on Aids in rural India.

Most part of Helen’s following years were occupied with studying and teaching Iyengar yoga, meditation, in France, India, and USA. 

Her book “108 Chakra Soups”, a mixture of recipes and art of living from Yoga and Ayurveda was published in Paris in September 2016, by Hachette-Marabout.

​Over the years her photography has evolved into a contemplative experience. 

In June  2020 the photo project"L'Arbre" received the "717 Lobby, ICP Alumni Fellowship Award". Exhibition at Cushman & Wakefield 717 5th Ave New York.​

Helen currently lives in the coastal town of Biarritz, France. There she loves to take daily walks by the sea with Yuma her little dog and continues to develop international projects in photography, writing and yoga.

Awards & Exhibitions

  • September 2022 September  "L'arbre et la Montagne"  at Salon « ADN » Art Dédié à la Nature. Palais Bondy, Lyon, France.

  • Jan-June  2021"L'Arbre","717 Lobby, ICP Alumni Fellowship Award". Exhibition at Cushman & Wakefield 717 5th Ave New York.​

  • 2019 the photograph “Floating” received the Honorable Mention at the IPA International Photography Awards. 

  • 2015, the photographs “Paris’ Springtime” received the Honorable Mention at the IPA International Photography Awards. 

  • July 2009 “Regards sur le Sida en Inde”. Aids in rural India. Solo exhibition in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, South of France.

  • May 2007 “Diary from an unfashionable war” North Uganda, at 11th International photojournalism show Istanbul, Turkey.​

  • 2007 “Primavera Italiana” a photography book was published in Tokyo, Japan, featuring a selection of Helen’s fine-art photographs.

  • January 2007 “Kamathipura” red-light district. Solo show and conference at The Museum of Photography, Brescia, Italy.​

  • October 2005 “Children of the Night” North Uganda, at 10th International photojournalism show Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 2005 the photograph “My son’s boots, Sue Niederer was finalists of the 2005 Gordon Parks award

  • September 2004 “Kamathipura” Mumbai red-light district at 9th International photojournalism show Istanbul, Turkey.

  • May 2004 “Ladies Only” the Asian-Photography show at Life and Time Building New York.

  • April 2004 “Ladies Only” at “The image world” show at The international Center of Photography, New York.

  • January 2004​ “I love You” an intimate and frank portrayal of love amidst the daily march of loss.  Was one of the duo show “Faces of Love” at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, New York.

  • October 2002 “Boxing in Ghana” Artist Studio day, Hoboken, New Jersey.

  • March 2001 “Boxing in Ghana” solo show at the HOBO Gallery, Torino, Italy​

  • November/December1999 “Survivors, lives on a street line” solo show at the Galleria Fine Torino, Italy 

  • September 1999 “Survivors, lives on a street line” International Biennale di Fotografia, Torino Italy.  

  • December 1998 “The Electric Blanket” world traveling installation organized the photographer Frank Franca at Manhattan Borough College. New York.

  • September 1998 “Kurdish Refugees” exhibition for the event “Identità e Differenza”, Torino Italy.

  • June 1996 International Center of Photography "The final exhibition" at Crosby St Gallery Soho New York.

















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