About

A name derived from the Greek goddess of daylight, Hemera is a curatorial collective specialising in photography and lens-based media.  We are a team of four photography historians with a diverse range of research interests, experienced in researching, discovering, archiving, and exhibiting historical and contemporary photographic works. As many historic collections are becoming digitised and made accessible, Hemera seeks to inspire curiosity, exhibit, and interpret works of interest that might otherwise be lost within archives. We also aspire to open up diverse photographic practices to wider audiences, by working with leading international artists and emerging practitioners.

Often exhibiting beyond the structure of an established institution, our philosophy is to be open to collaboration. We believe that working together and sharing knowledge and ideas is the best way to bring forward the most engaging projects. Since our inception in 2012, we have curated 14 exhibitions in the UK, Europe, U.S., and Australia, working with museums, universities, festivals and non-profit galleries.

Hemera continuously transforms ideas into exhibitions, lectures, video interviews and online research projects. In April 2014, we were selected to join the Board of Trustees for Brighton Photo Fringe where we work to secure the future of this vital festival. In September 2014 Ashley Lumb launched the London Photography Diary, a website to promote the photographic arts in London, and followed suit with the New York Photography Diary in 2015. The sites list and review exhibitions in each city and also features a video library and a page for photography festivals worldwide. In 2016 the Photography Diaries started bi-monthly curatorial mentorship programme at Carmel by the Green in East London where group exhibitions are organized by the Photography Diary Editors and guest curators, whom we oversee. All of these projects can be viewed further on this website.

Ashley Lumb is a curator and currently resides in Sydney. She has worked as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library/Oxford University where she working on the Henry William Fox Talbot catalogue raisonee and has also worked in a curatorial capacity at the Macleay Museum in Sydney (Historic Photographs Dept), British Museum Middle East Department (Photographs), Autograph ABP (Association of Black Photographers), and as an freelance researcher for the Getty Museum, Photographers’ Gallery, Royal College of Art, and Contemporary Istanbul. She is the founder and publisher of the New York and London Photography Diaries and holds an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews.

Kay Watson is a researcher, curator and archivist with specialist knowledge of post-war and contemporary art, digital media, curatorial and institutional histories and feminism. She has worked at the Contemporary Art Society, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London and Autograph ABP as well as for numerous private photography collections. She is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London; examining small arts and photography organisations in the UK throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She also holds a MA History of Art with Photography (Distinction) from Birkbeck and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art New Media from Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL.

Helen Trompeteler has over fifteen years experience working with photography including as a curator at the National Portrait Gallery London from 2009-2015. Helen’s exhibitions and publications include Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (Co-Curator, 2015) and Man Ray Portraits (Assistant Curator, 2013). Her past displays include Snowdon: A Life in View (2014), Fred Daniels: Cinema Portraits (2012) and Format Photography Agency (2010). She has worked with organisations including the Association of Photographers, LensCulture and London Independent Photography. Her writing has appeared widely including in Aesthetica, Of the Afternoon and Photomonitor. An archive of her work can be found on her website.

Jaime Marie Davis is a writer and curator based in London. Her practice emerges from curiousity, a concern for marginalised subjects, and the social space of collaborative processes. Jaime’s focus in photography is concerned with the cross over between journalistic and artistic practices and the representation of conflict. She has a background in journalism, and curating education programmes and events at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Further information and writing can be found on her website.