Portrait photographer Fran Monks is on a mission to celebrate the under-celebrated. For Photo Oxford Festival 2020 she is turning her camera to women who are vulnerably housed and the volunteers who support them. Strength and Resilience at drop-in centre The Gatehouse Project, will address the uncertainty and challenges homeless women are facing in their lives today. Karen David checked in with Monks as she was planning the shoot.
Joanna Vestey’s practice and love of photography has resulted in the 25-year long development of a fascinating collection of photographic prints. While she acquired them at different times, and they are from many different artists and genres, she came to realise there is a commonality about them. Joanna’s collection Circles, will be on display as part of Photo Oxford. Karen David caught up with Joanna to ask how she built the collection and what it means to be part of Oxford’s photography scene.