The Hidden Power of the Archive
14 April - 6 May 2023
2023 Open Call

We are welcoming work from photographers, curators, collectives and artists from around the world. Our stellar panel of jurors are ready to engage with new and refreshing visions of the world expressed through photography. Our team of jurors are:

Alicia Colen, (Director, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC)
Matthew Finn (Photographer, winner of the 2017 Photo Oxford Open Call)
Emily Graham (Magnum Cultural Commissions and Partnerships; Photographer)
Kalpesh Lathigra (Photographer)
Phillip Roberts (Bodleian Library, Bern and Ronny Schwartz Curator of Photography)
Jermaine Francis (Photographer)

The world is in flux - everything is changing at almost every level of our daily lives. The jurors are looking for work that documents ‘personal inventories of experience’ which ties in with the Festival’s theme - ‘The Hidden Power of the Archive’. We want to see how the world looks to you right now. Fresh, energetic and connected to the great themes of our age; identity, climate change, Covid, sexuality, the domestic landscape, work (or lack of it), inflation, power (and shortages of it) and democracy for starters. But what is in your ‘personal inventory’ that speaks to your recent experience?

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