Maxine Helfman is a self taught photographer. While some discover their calling early in life, it was not her path. It was not until her mid-thirties that she discovered her creativity after finding her way into a store display job. That was followed by years of work in commercial photography as a set/prop stylist. She eventually began shooting still life, followed by portraiture and fashion for editorial and commercial assignments.
In 2012, she began to creating personal work with a focus on contemporary social issues of race and identity with a reference to history. The various series of portrait work are inspired by Flemish paintings. What at first appear to be simple images become layers of complexity. Her narrative studies are inspired by writers resembling a collection of short stories. In addition, she continues an ongoing study of images inspired by contemporary painters.
Helfman's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art and the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. She has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, Commercial Arts, British Journal of Photography, Photonews, Telegraph UK, PDN, Billboard Creative, and was a Discovery of Footrest Houston 2016. Her work has been awarded by PX3, IPA, Lucie Awards, Critical Mass, PDN, CA and AP34.