2020-2021 FESTIVAL THEME
WOMEN AND PHOTOGRAPHY - WAYS OF SEEING AND BEING SEEN
2020 coincided with the centenary of the first woman matriculating and graduating from the University of Oxford. What better time and place could there be for celebrating women and their diverse roles in international photography?
This - the third - Photo Oxford Festival is a celebration of women as photographers, critics, editors and photographic subjects.
While photography, like many of the creative arts, is perceived to be a male-dominated field, history shows that even in the late 19th century, women of the upper and middle classes experimented with the medium as a tool of documentation as well as artistic self-expression. At the same time photographic studios employed working-class women to assist in a variety of work. When photography became widely accessible in the 20th century, women increasingly participated in the creation of photographs: in front of the lens as well as behind it.