Danielle Battigelli
Festival Director

Danielle has worked in the not-for-profit arts sector since 2005, following 15 years as a solicitor specialising in charities and intellectual property. With an MA in Arts Policy & Management from Birkbeck, University of London, and extensive experience as a trustee of different arts charities, including Magdalen Road Studios, she has led, advised on and contributed to a wide range of arts projects.  These include being Executive Director for Cowley Road Carnival and work with the History of Science Museum in Oxford. She has a life-long interest in photography, stemming from strong family involvement in the art.

Alex Schneideman
Artistic Director

Alex is a photographer, photographic print maker, gallerist and writer. He founded Flow Photographic, a central London photographic imaging studio that works with leading photographers, galleries and publishers. He subsequently set up Flow Photographic Gallery, dedicated to showing British documentary photography. Alex holds an MA in Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography from the LCC, he contributes essays and reviews for various journals and publications and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Northern School of Art and at Lincoln University. Alex’s photographs have been published and are held in various collections. He is currently working alongside a group of photographers to create a photographic response to Paddy Summerfield’s seminal book, Mother and Father

Anstice Oakeshott
Portfolio Review Coordinator

Anstice Oakeshott is an independent Photography Specialist and Curator with a Masters in Art History and sixteen years of industry experience. Previously Anstice held the position of Senior Specialist at The Photographers’ Gallery where she curated exhibitions for numerous renowned and emerging photographers including Sebastião Salgado, Julie Cockburn, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Elliot Erwitt and Jacques-Henri Lartigue. Anstice advises international clients on building both classic and contemporary photography collections and has presented talks on photography at The Photographers’ Gallery, The Hospital Club, Soho Farm House and for the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a guest photography curator for Zuleika Gallery, London & Woodstock.

Mariasanta Tedesco
Social Media Manager

Mariasanta Tedesco is a manager and buyer at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, with many years of experience in social media management and promotional strategies. She studied European politics between Italy and France and has always loved art to the bones. An emerging photographer and fascinated by the surreal imaginary and its vocabulary, her projects result from her intimate reality, which she translates by exploring with self portraiture. Mariasanta is keen to examine the fascinating link between images and words, photography and the book. She is a contributor to various organisations, both as an artist and as a writer, she has been curating the Photo Oxford Instagram platform since 2020. She has also been collaborating with Hundred Heroines, an organisation raising the profile of women photographers. She was part of a theatrical company for several years, focussing on experimental performances and improvisation and has recently taken an interest in butoh, a form of avant garde Japanese dance theatre.

Sophie Russell-Jeffrey
Festival Assistant

Sophie is an inquisitive collaborator with a BA in Photography from Oxford Brookes University. She currently works as a freelance photographer and designer. Her personal photographic work sets out to challenge and investigate contemporary culture through the personal stories of others with an emphasis on the experiences of recovery. She brings years of experience as an independent and commercial creative, volunteer and storyteller. Alongside her creative practice Sophie has continually worked in various positions of retail and hospitality management, educational development and mentorship, providing a wealth of experience in brand representation and customer service. Her passion for communication, community and inclusion is at the core of all that she participates in.