Tamsin Perrett

Tamsin Perrett – Editor

An expert in pairing words and pictures for internationally renowned institutions, galleries and publishers


I'm an editor with 20 years' experience of highly illustrated non-fiction titles, now specialising in contemporary art, photography and fashion but with a broad humanities portfolio. Trained by Thames & Hudson, a Senior Editor (commissioning) at Phaidon, in freelance life I also work with museums and public institutions, commercial galleries and select private individuals and corporations: I'm motivated by interesting projects and a commitment to the highest quality.
Antiques & Collectibles Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design History Home & Garden Philosophy Photography
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Nov, 2009 — Present

Clients: Frieze, Hayward Publishing, Laurence King, Phaidon, Thames & Hudson, Victoria and Albert Museum; Anova Pavilion, Cadogan Estates Ltd, Mouseion, Hauser & Wirth, RAND Europe, Sprüth Magers Berlin London, Violette Editions, Webber Represents

Project management, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading; author, gallery and artist liaison; detailed layout and design commentary.

In recent years I have been busy writing a commissioned biography, Cadogan: The Lives, Loves & Legacy of a Chelsea Family, due for publication in 2023.

Select projects:
Half the World: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947–2016 (Hauser & Wirth, 2016)
Modern Painting and the Figurative Tradition (Thames & Hudson, 2016)
You Say You Want a Revolution? (V&A, 2016)
The Barber Book (Phaidon, 2016)
Andrea Hamilton: London Every Day (The Mayor's Fund for London/Booth Clibborn Editions, 2015)

For Frieze I edited the catalogues to accompany the art fairs in New York and London.

National Portrait Gallery

Apr, 2009 — Oct, 2009 (6 months)

Phaidon Press

Feb, 2007 — Mar, 2009 (about 2 years)

I led a small team and attended commissioning meetings, submitting and reviewing proposals.


Twiggy: A Life in Photographs

National Portrait Gallery

Twiggy was the world's first supermodel. As 'The Face of 1966', Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby) was the embodiment of the 60s look and was photographed by leading figures Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Melvin Sokolsky, Helmut Newton, Bert Stern, Klaus Voorman, Doug... read more
The real world is full of cameras; the virtual world is full of images. Where does all this photographic activity leave the artist-photographer? Post-Photography tries to answer that question by investigating the exciting new language of photographic image-mak... read more
Los Angeles–based artist Ryan Trecartin (born 1981), whom The New Yorker called "the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s," is best known for his highly stylized videos, often installed in special environments designed by his longtime coll... read more
Edited by an internationally recognized expert on Pop art and culture, this book surveys Pop across all artforms and gives equal coverage to its American, British and European manifestations. which focuses on the Pop image as it developed over the period: Reyn... read more
This publication provides insight into the explosion of sculpture in Britain during the late 1970s and 1980s, featuring renowned contemporary UK artists such as Edward Allington, Helen Chadwick, Tony Cragg, Andrew Logan, Barry Flanagan, Cornelia Parker, Alison... read more
The Alternative Guide to the Universe surveys work that creates unexpected possibilities in art, science and architecture; possibilities so profound that they suggest an alternate reality. This densely illustrated volume features self-taught architects and art... read more
Originally published in a large-format limited edition of seven copies, To Whom It May Concern pairs Louise Bourgeois' luminous male and female torsos with Gary Indiana's prose poems, in a meditation on physicality, sexuality and relationships. Violette's publ... read more
A captivating look at the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyles of those who frequent the legendary Hotel Il Pellicano, overlooking a secluded bay in Tuscany’s Porto Ercole. One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world, the chic Hotel Il Pellica... read more
Sarah Jones

Brian Dillon

The photographs of Sarah Jones address established pictorial genres and our associated expectations by paring back space, subject and gesture. This book--the first major monograph on this young British artist--brings together work from an 18-year period, inclu... read more
This fully illustrated guide to the Frieze New York Art Fair features profiles of 190 international artists written by respected independent critics. Spotlight, new this year, is a section for solo artist presentations of work made in the twentieth century, es... read more
Why painting today? In the digital age, with its powers of instant recall and infinite reproduction, why are we witnessing an unprecedented revival of figurative painting? A Brush with the Real presents a survey of key contemporary artists who have each embrac... read more
A step-by-step guide to every aspect of putting on an art exhibition, with tips from a range of influential curatorsThe Curator’s Handbook is the essential handbook for curators and curatorial students, mapping every stage of the process of putting on an exhib... read more
London Couture 1923–1975 is the first book to examine, in detail, the luxurious garments produced by the rarefied London couture industry—from lavish ball gowns to sharply tailored suits, by way of spectacular royal dress—as well as the designers who conceived... read more

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