Photo Oxford Festival 2020 Continues Outdoors and Online

4th November 2020

Press release, 4 November 2020


Photo Oxford 2020 runs from 16 October to 16 November 2020 in venues and public spaces across Oxford and online. This, the third Photo Oxford festival, celebrates the theme Women and Photography: Ways of Seeing and Being Seen, exploring the achievements and challenges for women, both behind and in front of the lens, including the problems of representation, women as photographers, collectors and curators, and photographic techniques.

The Festival is produced by local charity Photography Oxford, to bring international and national photography to Oxford, and to engage the local and wider community in the art of photography, and discussion and research around photography, old and new.

Outdoor installations remain open to view for local residents during lockdown.

Self Portrait as my Father from the Encounter series by Silvia Rosi

Togolaise-Italian photographer Silvia Rosi explores her family history by retracing her parents’ journey of migration from Togo to Italy, drawing on her Togolaise heritage, and the idea of origins.

For Photo Oxford a giant image from Rosi’s Encounter series has been installed on the Jesus College Northgate Development hoardings on Cornmarket Street, next to WH Smith. The series was exhibited at Jerwood Arts in London earlier this year, and then went on tour internationally, as part of the Jerwood/Photoworks Award.

The location has resonance with the WH Smith building, where photographer Helen Muspratt had her studio from 1937-1977. Muspratt’s photography has been on exhibition at the Weston library during Photo Oxford and her archive has been acquired by the Bodleian Library.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College, says: “We are delighted to be supporting this wonderful exhibition and the Photo Oxford Festival 2020. We have drawn much praise for the Northgate hoardings from the local community and visitors to the city, so we’re delighted that this new exhibition further enhances the area around the development. Silvia Rosi’s work not only engages the audience in her family’s personal story of migration but also speaks to the global narrative around equality, diversity and inclusion, themes that are central to the College’s mission.”

See Jesus College earlier press release here.

More images from the Encounter series are available here.

Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustrator & Photographic Innovator

On Trinity College gate hoardings, Parks Road, is an installation of startling images, first created c1850 by pioneer woman photographer and botanist, Anna Atkins, using the then new cyanotype process.

Atkins published Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions between 1843 and 1853, often considered the first publication to be illustrated with photographs.

Atkins also collaborated with her close friend Anne Dixon to produce further presentation albums of photographs, including Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns (1853) and Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854). Her album devoted to British and Foreign Ferns included examples from Ceylon, Jamaica, the United States, Tyrol, Norway and Australia, making it a truly global project. These later albums exhibit a more creative arrangement of specimens, including individual plates featuring loose decorative displays of peacock, emu, parrot, duck, and partridge feathers, as well as pieces of lace.

The photography of Anna Atkins is celebrated for its beauty and innovation, and is found in many of the world’s major museums, including the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.

Anna Atkins innovative work as a photographer will be discussed in an online 'in conversation' between Geoff Batchen, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, and Dr Lena Fritsc, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, on 10 November at 5pm. The event is free to attend and the link is on the Events page on

Strength & Resilience: Celebrating the achievements of the community of women; portraits by Fran Monks, St Giles churchyard, Oxford

Portraits of women who are guests, volunteers and staff at The Gatehouse drop-in centre for Oxford’s homeless and vulnerably-housed. Fran Monks specialises in celebrating the under- celebrated, and has worked with several Oxford colleges to modernise their portraiture to reflect the diversity of their contemporary communities.

Further details and images are available in the press release dated 3.11.20.

Online exhibitions, films, interviews and blogs are available to view on

Contact for more information & high res images:

Danielle Battigelli, Festival Director,, tel. 07811 469378 2 of 2