Helene Schmitz was born in 1960 and lives and works in Stockholm. In 1988, she received her B.A. in film and art theory from Stockholm University. She completed the Summer Intensive Film Workshop at New York University in 1995 and studied the theory of art at the Academy of Arts in Konstfack, Stockholm, in 1997. She has been a photography teacher at Beckmans School of Art and Design and has been awarded four scholarships, including three from the Swedish Art Council between 1995 and 2004.
From 1993 to 2003, Schmitz had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Sweden, as well as many group exhibitions from 1991 to 2005 in Western Europe, Central and South America, and the United States.
A contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine, Schmitz was the first woman to be awarded the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Nature Photographer of the Year award. She was recognized for her photographs of vivid, brightly colored flowers against a black background, some of which appeared in the June 2007 National Geographic article "A Passion for Order," about Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. The photographs were excerpted from Schmitz's book A Passion for Systems: Linnaeus and the Dream of Order in Nature, which features 77 color images of plants. Twenty-four of her prints were featured at an outdoor exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris as part of a 14-city international tour.
Schmitz's other publications include Blow Up (2003) and the exhibition catalogues Mirages and Livingrooms.
Schmitz is represented by Xpose and Linkimage.