Some events have been recorded - please see below for links to listen again

24th October 2020
Conference: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS WOMEN: Discovering the work of Female Photographers

24th October 9:30 - 14:30
Listen again to the Keynote Talk by Val Williams, Jessica Sutcliffe's talk about her mother, Helen Muspratt, and other conference podcasts here.

A free, one-day online conference hosted by the Bodleian Library, and convened by Taous Dahmani (Panthéon-Sorbonne/ Maison Française d'Oxford) Find out more here.

‘Let Us Now Praise Famous Women’ will explore the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women. The focus is on British contributions to this intellectual and artistic process, from meticulous research into early women photographic pioneers to the influence of the feminist movement on our understanding of women photographers’ careers and legacies.

Speakers: Val Williams, Erika Lederman, Jessica Sutcliffe, Patrizia Di Bello, Deborah Cherry, Fiona Rogers, Max Houghton and Anna Fox.

16th & 17th October
Projections in Gloucester Green

 16th & 17th October, 6 - 10pm

Join us and Arts at the Old Fire Station to launch the Festival with free outdoor photographic projections:

 'Miss Acland's Gaze: Oxford as photographed and lived by Sarah Anglina Acland (1849-1930)', a project by Oxford Brookes University Architecture Department inspired by the life and early colour photography of an Oxford resident and pioneer photographer, whose work connected art and science, offering us views of the life of Oxford that are rarely seen. 

'Protest on Camera' co-curated by Maggie Murray, one of the founders of FORMAT Photographers Agency, and Taous R Dahmani. 

FORMAT, 1983 - 2003, was the first independent all-women photography agency, founded by Maggie Murray and others as a much needed way for women to work as photographers. Their photography captured important political events and momentous socia movements. 

On Friday, 16 October, 6.30-7.00pm: short live talks about the festival and the projects on screen by Maggie Murray and Oxford Brookes University students.

Visit The Old Fire Station website 

Also open at Arts in the Old Fire Station Gallery during the evenings of the projections: Photography by David Foster 

Sarah Acland portrait - History of Science Museum inv. 28803
Greenham Common 1983 (c) Maggie Murray
© Tracking Edith film international poster

21st October
Film screening: 'Tracking Edith'
at The Ultimate Picture Palace

21st October, 6pm (doors open 5.45pm) - 8.15pm
Dir. Peter Stephan Jungk. Austria, 2016. 1h 32m. Starring Misha Donat, Duncan Forbes, Barbara Honigmann, Irina Sherbakova, Peter Suschitzky, Wolfgang Suschitzky.

A gripping documentary about renowned British/Austrian photographer Edith Tudor-Hart who led a double life as a secret agent for the KGB and was one of the architects of the Soviet Union’s most successful spy ring in Great Britain. This one-off screening will be introduced and followed by a Q&A with Amanda Hopkinson, photography writer and curator.

‘The sinew and texture of history are to be found in this grippingly detailed documentary’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Tracking Edith is a fascinating but sprawling feature documentary whose structure matches its subject's chaotic life.’ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

Visit the UPP Website 

24th October
Paper Lithography (Xerox Lithography) Workshop
with Asmaa M Hashmi

10am - 4pm, 24th October 2020
Oxford City College Campus

Paper lithography is an approachable printmaking technique that allows you to produce multiple hand pulled prints of your photographs with exciting results. 

In this day long workshop you will learn and apply the principles of Lithography without the lengthy stone process. Using high contrast toner photocopies you will explore and experiment with this unique technique.

Bring your own images printed on a black toner photocopier, high contrast produce the best results. If you are unsure or do not have access a toner photocopier, email the images to the tutor

© Photo Transfer by Lin Knott 

24th - 25th October
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

Course at Film Oxford

Adobe Lightroom is a family of image organisation and image manipulation tools for Windows and macOS. It allows viewing, organising and editing large numbers of digital images by non-destructive methods. Often used by wedding and events photographers, it provides an efficient way of processing large numbers of images without the need to use Photoshop. Lightroom contains its own RAW converter negating the need for additional RAW pre-processing software. The Library features within the program provide excellent organisation, tagging and publishing tools.

This course explores the different modules within Lightroom, demonstrating their functionality and giving practical exercises for learners to gain knowledge and experience.

27th October
Online talk with Rose Teanby;
The First Women of Photography 1839-1860

27 October at 7pm

Free online talk by Rose Teanby
in collaboration with Royal Photographic Society

This talk focuses on British women pioneers from the earliest days of photography. Many early women photographers have been hidden from history or rarely highlighted despite their unique contribution to our photographic heritage. Examples of women choosing to adopt amateur or professional photography are highlighted, leaving a legacy of extraordinary photographic images.

See Rose Teanby's blog entitled Searching for Hidden Early Women Photographers.

HF-400-547-05, 6/8/06, 1:41 PM,  8C, 4514x4807 (347+1664), 100%, Custom,  1/60 s, R79.2, G51.3, B63.2
Unknown maker, American.Woman Daguerreotypist with Camera and Sitter, ca. 1855.  Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.5.
© The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

30th October
Family Fun: Make Your Own Pinhole Camera

30th October, 2-3pm
Free online event at the History of Science Museum

Have you ever wondered how photography was invented? In this online session with the History of Science Museum (HSM), you will be shown how to build your own pin-hole camera and how to adapt it into a camera obscura. We will explore photographic images from the archives and find out how the camera obscura led to the invention photography.

You will need: 2 pieces of A4 card (preferably matt black), scissors, ruler, HB pencil, strong aluminium foil, glue stick, tape, a drawing pin or needle, tracing paper, biro.

This online event is for ages 7+, we advise that an adult takes part/supervises.

Book your place here 

There will be a display for Photo Oxford 2020 at the History of Science Museum, Broad Street, Oxford. 

3rd November
Photography Question Time
Hundred Heroines

Free online Event Via Zoom, 3rd November 6pm
Listen again here

Hundred Heroines are delighted to host Photography Question Time, chaired by Madeline Yale Preston. In a format borrowed from the television programme, four photography Heroines will be answering questions from the audience, mainly about photography, but other topics welcome.

The panellists are: 

Alix Marie, a multi-disciplinary French artist based in London

Etinosa Yvonne, a documentary photographer and visual artist born and brought up in Nigeria

Jenevieve Aken, a Nigerian photographer/ story-teller who focuses on social documentary photography, images and representation

Sophy Rickett (born London 1970) is an artist working with photography, film, text and archives

Book your place via Eventbrite and, if you have a question to put to the panel, send it to before 28 th October.

We hope you can join us for a lively evening of conversation, debate and discussion!

More about the Photography Question Time panel


Alix Marie (b.1989) is a multi-disciplinary French artist based in London. Her work explores our relationship to bodies and their representation, with a particular interest in addressing gender stereotypes while mixing mythological references with autobiographical elements. In 2019 she presented her solo show Sucer La Nuit at Musée des Beaux Arts Le Locle and was awarded the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for a notable achievement in the art of photography by an artist aged 35 or under.

Etinosa Yvonne

Etinosa Yvonne (b. 1989) is a documentary photographer and visual artist born and brought up in Nigeria. She works with various art forms including photos and videos. Etinosa leverages on the power of storytelling to create awareness, educate, inform, question as well as express herself. Etinosa is one of six talents selected for the 2020 cycle of the World Press Photo 6*6 Africa talent. She has received grants from Women Photograph, National Geographic in partnership with Lagos Photo and Access Bank Art X for her project; It’s All In My Head.  Etinosa's photos have been exhibited internationally, her works have also been published in several international publications.  Etinosa currently resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

Jenevieve Aken

Jenevieve Aken is a Nigerian photographer/ story-teller who focuses on social documentary photography, images and representation, and often adopts self-portraiture in her artistic practice. She explores personal experiences and contemporary social issues of identity, sexuality, gender and social roles. She has exhibited her works internationally and recently won the Hidden Worlds category of the Wellcome Photography Prize. She lives and work in Lagos, Nigeria.

Sophy Rickett

Sophy Rickett (born London 1970) is an artist working with photography, film, text and archives. She has exhibited internationally since the 1990s and her work is held in important museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Government Art Collection, London, Pompidou Centre, Paris, FRAC Alsace and the Musee des Beaux Artes Nantes. Her most recent project, The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows was shortlisted for the prestigious Kraszna Krausz Photography Prize 2020. She is a Senior Lecturer in photography at London College of Communication, and co-founder and co-director of Hi-Noon.

Zine Workshop with Teresa Williams

Wednesday 4th November 6pm
Saturday 7th November 10am
Tuesday 10th November 6pm
Sunday 15th November 3pm


Zine making is a versatile process that can pull together ideas, encourage collaboration, function as a method of self care and act as a vehicle for accessibility.

Teresa Williams has produced an easy to follow workshop video that shows you the basics of Zine creation and allows you to develop a small project at your own pace.

She is following up the workshop later with some small discussion groups held via Zoom. These groups will include no more than 5 people and will last for 90 mins. There will be an opportunity to discuss how your project progressed as well as tips for taking it further.

10th November
Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation

Tuesday 10th November, 5-6pm

Free online 'in conversation' hosted by TORCH

Watch & listen again here

Join us for an online in-conversation with Prof Geoffrey Batchen and Dr Lena Fritsch, discussing the work of pioneering British photographer and botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Her innovative use of new photographic technologies linked art and science, and exemplified the potential of photography in books. 

Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of Art History at the University of Oxford and Dr Lena Fritsch is the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. The talk is supported by TORCH through the Humanities Cultural Programme. 

See an outdoor display of Anna Atkins images on Trinity College gate hoardings on Parks Road, Oxford.

Read more about Anna Atkins here.

© Atkins Dixon Iris
Femke 001
CREDIT Femke Dekkers 15-03, August 2, Thursday, 2012, Inkjetprint on dibond 70 x 101 cm Edition of 3 + 2AP

Friday 6th November
Live Zoom In Conversation

Join Curator Anstice Oakeshott and artist Femke Dekkers for a Live Zoom conversation to examine the photographs presented in the exhibition 'Open Space'. The conversation will explore Dekker's unique approach to photography and discuss the optical experiments that run through her work. 

Watch again here