EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Weston Library, Broad Street

Photo Oxford
Portfolio Review Day

Sunday 17 October 2021, 11AM – 4PM
All reviews must be booked in advance

2 x 15 minute reviews: £25

Bookings will open soon! Details to follow here and on our social media and e-newsletters

Photo Oxford Festival is delighted to present a day of one-on-one portfolio reviews with local and national photography experts. The event will offer the opportunity for photographers to put their work in front of leading specialists in the field of photography. Through these reviews participants will gain valuable feedback and advice on their creative practice and professional development as well as widening their professional network. Participants who book a review will have one-on-one access to two reviewers during a period of 30minutes. They will also be entitled during the festival to a 15% discount at Blackwell's Art & Poster Shop on Broad Street, the Official Festival Bookseller.

Read More about Portfolio Reviews

The reviews will be held in a public space:


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Broad Street, Oxford

OX1 3BG


Photo Oxford Festival has selected a panel of reviewers with a wide range of professional expertise. When making a booking participants will be asked to provide a personal statement and a link to a website or instagram page. Photo Oxford will use this information to carefully allocate two specialists with the most appropriate experience to the requirements of the participant.

Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid. There are no refunds. Booking details to follow soon.
For Further Information: portfolioreviews@photooxford.org


PORTFOLIO REVIEWERS’ BIOGRAPHIES:


Katy Barron

Katy is a photography curator and Senior Director at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Photofusion in Brixton and a member of the Maud Sulter Advisory Board. Katy has been focussed on photography for the past 15 years, working with museums, festivals, galleries, collectors and artists in a variety of capacities such as curating exhibitions both in the UK and abroad, advising museums and collectors on acquisitions, running artists’ residencies and prizes and mentoring photography groups as well as writing exhibition catalogues and attending portfolio reviews in the UK and abroad. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Magdalen College, Oxford.


Caitlin Langford

Catlin Langford is a curator and researcher of photographs. She is currently the inaugural Curatorial Fellow in Photography, supported by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Catlin has held positions at the Royal College of Art (2021), Guildhall School/Barbican (2021), Royal Collection Trust (2017-2019) and Witt and Conway Libraries (2015-2016). Her research interests include colour photography, women photographers, and vernacular forms of photography, and the intersections between these. Her first publication Colour Mania (Thames & Hudson/V&A) will be published in 2022.


Dr Lena Fritsch

Dr. Lena Fritsch is the inaugural Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Previously she worked at Tate Modern and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Recent publications on photography include Tokyo: Art & Photography (2021), accompanying the current exhibition at the Ashmolean, and Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 (2018, Thames & Hudson).


Dr Caroline Molloy

Caroline is an artist, academic and writer. She is the programme director of Fine Art, Digital Arts and Photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. She holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths UoL. and recently achieved a practice-led PhD from Birkbeck in the Centre for Photographic History and Theory. Her research interests are focused on the marginalised voice in both gender and post/decolonial colonial contexts. Her work in Women of Walsall is currently on show at the New Art Gallery Walsall (2021) as part of the Living Memory Project and she has recently exhibited her work Untouched Copy and the Book of Backgrounds at the Four Corners, London, as part of the Ph research network exhibition Bridging Boundaries. Recent peer reviewed written publications include (2020) ‘Rethinking the photographic studio as a politicised space’, in Ashley, T., Weedon, A. (eds.)Developing a Sense of Place: Models for the Arts and Urban Planning. London: UCL publishing. In addition to this, she regularly writes for Visual Studies, The Journal of Visual Practice, 1000words magazine and Photomonitor around the relationship between photography and visual culture.


Marta Weiss

Marta Weiss is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Lead

Curator of the second phase of the V&A Photography Centre (opening 2023). She studied history of art, specialising in photography, at Harvard (BA) and Princeton (MA, PhD) and joined the V&A in 2007 after two years in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her exhibitions include Julia Margaret Cameron (2015); The Camera Exposed (2016); Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s (2015); Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2013); and Light from the Middle East: New Photography (2012). She is the author of four books and numerous essays on topics ranging from Victorian photocollage to Diane Arbus.


Kim Shaw

Kim Shaw is an American photographer and the Executive Director of Photofusion, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation specialising in photography in Brixton. In her role as ED, Kim is responsible for the artistic progamming which includes overseeing the gallery programme. Her interests are in the mechanisms of access in the artworld, and this is fundamental to both her work at Photofusion, and her photographic art practice.

In 2014, her first solo show, “Paper Ghosts,” was held at Jenny Blyth Fine Art in Oxford. Since then, her work has been shown at Soho Photo Gallery in New York as a part of their international competition, Krappy Kamera, on three occasions. In 2017, she was named overall winner. In 2018, Kim was nominated for the Royal Photographic Society’s 100Heroines, and in 2019 her work was included in the RPS Heroines’ exhibition (Re)Framing Identity in London and Blackpool. In February 2020, her work was featured in London Art Fair’s curated exhibition “Photo50.” She has been featured in Huck, Photomonitor, BBC online, Uncertain States and the weekend FT. In 2021, she was longlisted for the Photoworks Ampersand Fellowship. Her work in held in the permanent collection of the Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan USA.

© Grace Robertson / Picture Post / Getty Images.

Persevere Young Man:
Grace Robertson and Picture Post

Thursday 21st October, 7pm
Online Event

Taking its title from the rejection slip Grace Robertson first received from the magazine, the talk will explore her contribution to Picture Post, and its representation of British women and children in particular.

This event accompanies an online exhibition Moments of Transition: The photographs of Grace Robertson.

It will be followed by a public Q+A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat. Your Zoom link will be sent in PDF with your booking confirmation.

This talk is free but space is limited and requires booking. Please consider making a donation to Photo Oxford here to support the work of the Festival.

Linda in the Green Garden, 2011 from the series Pictures of Linda, 1983 – 2015 © Anna Fox, courtesy of The James Hyman Gallery, London.

Hundred Heroines:
Artist Talks

23rd October & 6th November
Online Events

Two peer-to-peer talks will take place to complement the Hundred Heroines programme, in partnership with Photo Oxford Festival 2021.

Muses, Models and Power: Robert Taylor in conversation with Anna Fox, concerning her seminal collaboration Pictures of Linda. Taking place online on 23rd October (6PM)

The second talk is between groundbreaking documentary photographers Paola Paredes and Lola Flash, both renowned for their empathetic exploration of LGBTI+ experience. It will take place on 6th November (5PM). The talk will be a rare opportunity to hear from these global artists simultaneously.

© Dr Karel Doing

Phytography Workshop

Saturday 23 October, 11am - 4pm, Tickets: £45
Minimum Age: 18

Artist, filmmaker and researcher Dr Karel Doing developed the Phytogram in 2016.

Phytography is a technique that uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion. During the workshop the artist will give a hands-on demonstration and talk about his research. Participants will be able to try out the technique on photographic paper and film. The workshop will include all materials.

This workshop is linked with the Fabric of Photography exhibition curated by Megan Ringrose at the Arts at The Old Fire Station gallery for Photo Oxford 2021.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

Weekend course
23 October 2021 & 24 October 2021, 10am - 4pm
£134, £120 (early booking discount until 10th Oct.), £105 concessions

Adobe Lightroom is an image organisation and manipulation tool. It allows viewing, organising and editing digital images. Often used by wedding and events photographers, it provides an efficient way of processing large numbers of images without the need to use Photoshop.

This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to gain the most out of their photos without learning the complexities of Photoshop. It will also serve as an excellent foundation for Photoshop for those interested in advancing to more complex photo manipulation.

© John A Blythe

Cyanotype Workshop

Saturday 30 October, Old Fire Station Oxford
10am - 1pm, Tickets: £25
Minimum Age: 1
6

A brief history of the Cyanotype will be presented by John A Blythe, artist and educator. During the workshop the artist will give a hands-on demonstration and talk. Participants will be able to try out the technique. The workshop will include all materials.

This workshop is linked with the Fabric of Photography exhibition curated by Megan Ringrose at the Arts at The Old Fire Station gallery for Photo Oxford 2021.

© Jenny Wylie from the series &calvert (2020/21)

HATCHED 2021
Walk with a camera

Meet at OVADA at 12.30 pm

The gallery is open from 12 pm

Free to Oxford residents/£5 otherwise

Booking and more info by email : magaesberg@gmail.com

15 places

Children over 10 welcome with an adult

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for walking

A walk that combines photography and ‘close noticing’/observation to look at our immediate environment in a different way. It is for people who want to connect with the landscape and their creativity whilst boosting their physical and mental wellbeing. Part of the walk is silent.


The hour-long walk around Oxford City centre and green spaces will be followed by an informal discussion of the group’s work and an opportunity to look at the HATCHED2021 exhibition.


Participants are asked to bring a camera, smartphone or tablet to take pictures.


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Maga Esberg is a visual artist, tutor and curator based in Oxford, UK. Esberg has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London. She set up HATCHED in 2016 as a creative platform to share work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights. She has several years experience in teaching photography and video in Youth Clubs, HE colleges and Universities in the UK and abroad. Her work has been exhibited at the North Wall, Oxford Brookes University, the RCA, Brighton Photo Fringe.

As part of her creative practice she has been researching Wytham woods in Oxfordshire since 2014. Her practice is based on observation and explores the connectedness between living beings and things within an aesthetic and poetic approach. She uses photography and video to document traces, marks and narratives that she interprets into metaphorical images or experiences that make the invisible visible, and re-frame perception.

Walking is key to her work; in Wytham the body becomes a measuring tool and in return, its physical and mental boundaries frame creativity. View more of this work here.

The HATCHED2021 exhibition at OVADA brings together the practices of local and international lens-based artists. Collectively these artists voice the multiple aspects of gender inequalities: reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This work is shown alongside artists whose attention is closer to home. The tender look at motherhood, an exploration of complex family experiences. Personal and global they share an intimate female gaze.

Maga Esberg set up HATCHED in 2016 as a creative platform to share work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights.The HATCHED2021 exhibition at OVADA brings together the practices of local and international lens-based artists. Collectively these artists voice the multiple aspects of gender inequalities: reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This work is shown alongside artists whose attention is closer to home. The tender look at motherhood, an exploration of complex family experiences. Personal and global they share an intimate female gaze.

© Beatrix Haxby from the video The Mutinous-Feminine

HATCHED 2021
Photography and video workshop for teens

Saturday 6th November, 12:30 - 3 pm
OVADA, The Warehouse, OX1 1NJ
Free to Oxford residents /£25 otherwise

Booking and more info contact : magaesberg@gmail.com

15 places for ages 13 -15

A video and photography workshop that uses themes from the HATCHED2021 exhibition to develop a sense of play, observation and image making skills.


Participants are asked to bring an object, piece of clothing, book, music track that has a particular significance for them and a camera, smart phone or tablet.


The workshop is for 13-15 year olds who are interested in gaining experience in photography and video whilst learning about gender issues in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

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Maga Esberg is a visual artist, tutor and curator based in Oxford, UK. Esberg has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London. She set up HATCHED in 2016 as a creative platform to share work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights. She has several years experience in teaching photography and video in Youth Clubs, HE colleges and Universities in the UK and abroad. Her work has been exhibited at the North Wall, Oxford Brookes University, the RCA, Brighton Photo Fringe.

www.magaesberg.com

The HATCHED2021 exhibition at OVADA brings together the practices of local and international lens-based artists. Collectively these artists voice the multiple aspects of gender inequalities: reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This work is shown alongside artists whose attention is closer to home. The tender look at motherhood, an exploration of complex family experiences. Personal and global they share an intimate female gaze.

© Nettie Edwards

Anthotypes Workshop

Saturday 6th November, Old Fire Station Oxford
11am - 4pm, Tickets: £45
Minimum Age: 18

A brief history of Anthotypes will be presented by Nettie Edwards, artist and educator, followed by a description of the process and the ingredients. Learn how to print photographs using nothing but juice extracted from the petals of flowers, the peel from fruits and pigments from plants . The workshop will include all materials.

This workshop is linked with the Fabric of Photography exhibition curated by Megan Ringrose at the Arts at The Old Fire Station gallery for Photo Oxford 2021.

© Elinor Carucci / Three generations, 2016

Online Talk
Elinor Carucci - 1986 till today

Monday 8th November 2021
7pm Online Event

In this talk, Carrucci will discuss different bodies of work, including editorial projects created in collaboration with magazines. Her talk will focus on her most recent book Midlife – a vivid chronicle of the passage through aging, family, illness, and intimacy. This period of life is universal to everyone, yet this narrative — in all its nuances — is strikingly absent from our cultural dialogue. Midlife invites us to witness and reflect on the experiences we all share contending with the challenges of life, love, and change.

This event accompanies an online exhibition Moments of Transition: The photographs of Grace Robertson for Photo Oxford Festival 2021. The festival is themed around Women & Photography—Ways of seeing and being seen, and runs from 15 October to 15 November 2021.

It will be followed by a public Q+A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat. Your Zoom link will be sent in PDF with your booking confirmation. This talk is free but space is limited and requires booking. Please consider making a donation here.

© Thomas Phillips. Mary Fairfax, Mrs William Somerville, 1780-1872. National Galleries Scotland / Creative Commons CC by NC

Online talk

Mary Somerville: Refocusing the Queen of Science

Wednesday 10th November 2021
7pm Online Event

Mary Somerville (1780–1872) is renowned for her contributions to nineteenth century science, but remains largely absent from photographic history.

This talk revisits Somerville’s chemical ray experiments, looking at them in the context of photographic chemistry and how they were documented in publications including editions of her ground-breaking account of scientific advancements, On the Connexions of the Physical Sciences.

Read more about Mary Somerville: Refocusing the Queen of Science

Somerville College, Oxford, was named in honour of Mary Somerville (1780–1872), renowned for her contributions to nineteenth century science.


This talk revisits Somerville’s chemical ray experiments, conducted four years before the announcement of Photogenic Drawing and Daguerreotype photography, looking at them within the context of photographic chemistry. Although she remains largely absent from photographic history, her experiments, involving transmission of light through coloured glass onto paper coated with silver chloride, were documented in contemporary publications including editions of her pioneering account of scientific advancements, On the Connexions of the Physical Sciences.


This talk highlights her documentation of these experiments, from 1840 to the revised 1858 edition, published in her 78th year. Somerville’s correspondence with Sir John Herschel and Michael Faraday is also discussed.


Somerville introduced the nineteenth century reader to photographic principles as its evolution ran parallel with her publications. Photography was a perfect fit for her unique combination of scientific curiosity, practical experimentation into the properties of light and desire to communicate to a wide readership.


In conclusion, Mary Somerville deserves greater recognition for her contribution to pre-photographic chemistry and promotion of photography through her highly successful scientific publications.


About Rose Teanby:

Rose Teanby is a PhD candidate at the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, researching early women photographers 1839-1861. She is also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Rose has spoken on various aspects of photographic history at the National Portrait Gallery, De Montfort University, Birmingham University, Newcastle upon Tyne Literary and Philosophical Society and New York Public Library.

At last year’s Photo Oxford Festival she presented an online talk “The First Women of Photography” and contributed a blog “Searching for Hidden Early Women Photographers”.

Introduction to Photoshop

Weekend course:
13 November 2021 - 14 November 2021
£134, £120 (early booking discount until 31st Oct.)
£105 concessions

Learn the basics then take your photography to the next level! This course will acquaint you with digital imaging concepts and techniques using Adobe Photoshop. It will cover how to get the best from your photographs and how to retouch and add effects to them. All equipment provided.

© Hannah Fletcher

Chemigrams Workshop

Saturday 13 November, Old Fire Station Oxford
10am -
3pm, Tickets: £45
Minimum Age: 1
8

A brief history of the chemigram will be presented by Alice Cazenave, artist and scientist, plus a hands-on workshop with a focus on more environmentally friendly photographic processes, materials and chemicals.

During this workshop participants will be working in the light with undeveloped fibre-based silver gelatin paper and a range of natural substances and solutions. Participants will be guided through different techniques to gain an understanding of how these can be applied to produce patterns and form images.The workshop will include all materials.

This workshop is linked with the Fabric of Photography exhibition curated by Megan Ringrose at the Arts at The Old Fire Station gallery for Photo Oxford 2021.