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Photo Oxford
Portfolio Reviews

Sunday 17 October 2021, 11:00am - 4pm
Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

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 and to promote discourse with a wider public audience. 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.

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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.
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.


Catlin 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.

©Elisa Moris Vai

Conference

‘Women, Memory & Transmission. Postcolonial perspectives from the arts & literature’

Monday 18th October, 9am - 5pm
Maison Française d'Oxford

An international and interdisciplinary conference which will explore what it means for women to transmit memories in postcolonial contexts. Convened by Dr Justine Feyereisen & artist Elisa Moris Vai, with keynote speaker Deborah Willis, this conference brings together art-world figures and scholars. It is hosted by the Maison Française d’Oxford, and supported by TORCH, the Humanities Cultural Programme.

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Convened by artist Elisa Moris Vai & researcher Dr. Justine Feyereisen, this international and interdisciplinary Conference “Women, Memory & Transmission: Postcolonial Perspectives from the Arts and Literature” will explore what it means for women to transmit memories in postcolonial contexts. What strategies do women develop to tackle postcolonial issues? What are the issues to address and the struggles to lead to be heard and valued as tellers of History? What ethical and political issues does the reception of their works raise? The conference will bring together art-world figures and scholars in the fields of gender studies, memory studies, postcolonial studies, and Global South studies to adequately contribute to show how the Humanities can lead to a better awareness of the key social and political role of women in reinterpretation of colonial History as acts of resistance and empowerment.

The keynote speaker Deborah Willis will be surrounded by artists Ingrid Pollard, Erika Tan, Mohini Chandra, Heather Agyepong, Kama La Mackerel and Jasmine Togo Brisby.


In collaboration with Photo Oxford Festival 2021, hosted by the Maison Française d’Oxford, and supported by TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, as part of their cultural programme.

Convenors:


Dr Justine Feyereisen is currently a FWO Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University (BE) where she is conducting a project in French and Francophone Studies entitled “Reimagining Migration Narratives with Ecopoetical Postcolonial Perspectives in Transatlantic Francophone Literature (Caribbean Archipelago, Metropolitan France and Sub-Saharan Africa, 1999-present)”. She is affiliated with Wolfson College (Oxford) and Maison Française d’Oxford. Since 2016, she is a non-tenured Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, after a FNRS PhD Fellowship at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Université Grenoble Alpes, and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research also led her to Wolfson College (University of Oxford) as a Wiener-Anspach Junior Research Fellow (2019-2021). Her research interests and expertise include 20th-21st Literature in French, postcolonial and decolonization literature, utopian fictions and sustainability, international migrations, body and senses, memory and postmemory, spatial studies, gender studies, photography and text intermediality, ecopoetics and ecofeminism. She is President of the Association des lecteurs de J.-M.G. Le Clézio.


Elisa Moris Vai is a french emerging artist based in Lille (FR) working with lens-based media, who produce research-driven work. Her practice is characterized by the inventive use of performative strategies and the intersection of documentary and fiction. History, memory, and social representations are at the core of her work, with a current focus on french colonisation. She was awarded the Panel’s choice of the Photo Oxford Open Call 2020 and shortlisted for the Open 20 Solo Award of Photofringe festival, Brighton.

Moris Vai’s work has been shown in venues across Europe (Noorderlicht Festival (NL), Photofringe festival (UK), Ovada Gallery (Oxford, UK), and Les Passerelles art center, Pontaut-Combault (FR)). Her first solo show, curated by Pelumi Odubanjo, supported by Fluxus Art Projects and Torch as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, will be presented at Maison Française, Oxford, from 15/10 to 15/11 2021. Her profile has been featured in Photomonitor and The Guardian.

Moris Vai extends her art practice to curating conferences relating to the themes she explores. During the last year, she worked in the UK with Photofringe Festival and Grain Photography Hub.

She has a MA in Performing Arts (Free University of Brussels / Free University of Berlin) and a BA in Photography (EFET School of Photography, Paris).

© María Magdalena Campos-Pons'

Screening: When We Gather

Wednesday Oct 20th 12:01am GMT for 48 hours
Hundred Heroines is honoured to host María Magdalena Campos-Pons' When We Gather as part of Photo Oxford 2021

When We Gather (2021) is a five minute film that celebrates the women who have played an elemental role in the progress of the United States and offers a call to create a path forward for the leaders of the future. Conceived by renowned artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Okwui Okpokwasili, the artists choreographed circular movements and gestures from diverse traditions evoking storms, spirals, and ancestral energy.

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The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project. When We Gather was originally inspired by the election of the country’s first female vice president and performed during a pandemic by seven artists in separate studios and outdoor spaces in Brooklyn, Houston, Boston and Nashville then woven together by the film director Codie Elaine Oliver [Black Love, OWN]. The film project was produced over an eight week period by San Francisco based gallerist Wendi Norris.


The short film, alongside the documentary of its making, will be available to view on Eventbrite from Oct 20th 12:01am GMT for 48 hours. Unavailable during this timeframe? A second screening will be held from Nov 13th 12:01am GMT for 48 hours to celebrate the closure of Photo Oxford 2021.

© 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.

Muses, Models and Power

Hundred Heroines: Online Artist Talk
23rd October 2021, 6pm

The first of two peer-to-peer talks taking 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.

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This October, Hundred Heroines is proud to host two online conversations to accompany our Women on Women – Relationships, identity and Power exhibition, launched as part of Photo Oxford 2021.


For the first event we welcome photographer Anna Fox – one of the six artists featured in Women on Women – in an illustrated conversation with Robert Taylor photographer and co- curator of Women on Women. The two photographers will talk about Anna Fox’s exhibition Pictures of Linda, exploring the nature of Anna’s collaboration with Linda, contemporary ideas of the muse, and the broader issue of building ongoing creative relationships with particular human subjects. Join us online for a night of culture and conversation.


About the Photographer, Anna Fox


Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Anna Fox (b. 1961, Alton) is one of the most acclaimed British photographers of the past thirty years. Inspired by the U.S. ‘New Colourists’ and British documentary tradition, she first gained attention for Work Stations: Office Life in London (1988), a study of office culture in Thatcher’s Britain. Her collaborative projects Country Girls (1996 – 2001) and Pictures of Linda (1983 – 2015) challenge preconceptions about rural life in England, while My Mother’s Cupboards and My Father’s Words (1999) and Cockroach Diary (1996 – 99) expose dysfunctional relationships within the family home.


About the Photographer & Curator, Robert Taylor


For the last 15 of his 30+ year career Robert has specialised in commissioned collections of portraits of women of outstanding achievement in STEM (science, engineering and maths) for the UKRC, and the distinguished women alumni of several Oxford University Colleges including Hertford, Trinity, Harris Manchester, and Lincoln. Robert Taylor came to photography via the British Royal Air Force, the English Bar, and publishing in Nigeria. His work, exhibited and published widely, is held in several permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Society, and several Oxbridge colleges.

© 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.

Weekend Course:
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

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.

© Fiona Yaron-Field

HATCHED 2021
MINICLICK Artists talk

Wednesday 27th Oct 2021Virtual doors at 7pm, kicks off at 7:10pm.
Free Online Event: Booking by e-mail:
Submit@miniclick.co.uk

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.

Read more about the HATCHED: MINICLICK Artists

Alison Kahn & Avi Zhimo

In 1935 The Secret Museum of Anthropology was published by the American Anthropology Association in New York. It was privately issued. It contained photographs of naked women and fetish scenes of women nursing animals. The one thing that binds this edition is that all the women were from ethnic minorities and unnamed. Kahn and Zhimo explore the content of this publication producing an AV dialogue piece discussing the agendas of the producers and consumers of this material, and question the their legacies in the 21st century.

Beatrix Haxby

Beatrix Haxby's practice casts a diverse subject matter into an equally wide net of media. She explore themes and ideas seemingly disparate as surrealism, androgyny, mysticism, New Romanticism, eroticism and athleticism, which she sees form a meaningful lattice of coincidence in the cultural imaginary. She believes that passé abstractions such as beauty, virtuosity, ambition and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. Taking its name from Barbara Creed’s seminal theory, The Mutinous-Feminine is part gymnastics performance, part examination of the beauty canon; pulling into focus its lack of a muscular female morphology. The frozen, feminine odalisque of art history is set into motion with gymnastics performed in an artist's studio.


Fiona Yaron-Field

Belongingsrefers to the surviving mementos from women who have been trafficked to the U.K. Women who have survived forced sexual exploitation and/or forced labour Fiona asked the women, now in Medaille Trust safe houses, if they had any object that had survived the journey with them, something they had held on to from their country of origin. Some women had nothing, for many it was attached to their bodies and others asked me to photograph what gave them hope today. As each object was offered and its story was told, private meanings unfolded. She slowly recognised a repeating theme – that the object was precious as it held an attachment to ‘another’, someone loved. These mundane objects, overlooked by their captors, enabled the women to hold on to a sense of their ‘self’. A ‘self’ that made them resilient and ultimately gave them the power to escape. While traffickers (and the ‘clients’) intentionally strip women of their worth to control them, the image/object reflects the quiet strength of their spirit, a sign of their extraordinary resistance.

Karen Toro

According to the Constitution, Ecuador is a secular state, but the individual rights of women are still limited based on religious morality. In Ecuador, a 1938 Penal Code was maintained, which allowed non-punishable abortion if the pregnancy represented a risk to the health or life of a woman and only when it was a case of rape of an "insane or an idiot woman". In this context, statistics show that more than 2000 girls a year become pregnant after rape; that is to say that girls and women pregnant as a result of rape were forced into motherhood and if they had an abortion they were being criminalized. For several years the feminist movement has grown in Ecuador and the petition for the right to abortion is their demand for justice in a secular democracy, considering it as a matter of human rights, public health and above all a matter of basic freedoms for women. Despite the constant harassment of anti-rights groups, called "pro-life", which are financed by the church and led mainly by men, social and women's organizations have filed several lawsuits to reverse this situation. On April 29, 2021 the ruling decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape for any girl or woman was made official. Now the challenge is to enforce and create a legal framework and protocols to ensure access to safe and free abortions, as well as care and support for women and girls who have become pregnant after rape.

Rosie Barnes

No You’re Not is a portrait project about autistic women. These women have careers/professions, relationships and often families of their own. There is a persistent misconception that autism is rare in girls/women and really only affects boys/men. Years of using classic male autistic characteristics for diagnostic parameters, has meant that countless women have been overlooked and arrive at a diagnosis many years after their male counterparts. Women can present very differently to men and their ability to successfully ‘mask’ to fit in, often subconsciously, can lead to high incidences of mental health issues - avoidable if only the right diagnosis had been given. This group of women are the least likely to be believed to be autistic. The irony is that their struggles are often greater because of their successes, particularly in education and work, meaning they are even less likely to be believed and more likely to be misunderstood.

Yara Richter

A no-budget poetry short film composed of spoken word, video, and performance, “Tired of Trees?” depicts a young, black mother’s experience of the first COVID-19 lockdown in a German suburb. The film chronicles her ambivalent experience, as the severity of the global pandemic contrasts with the serenity of a sheltered, rural spring. Using a visually and thematically fragmented style, Yara depicts a specific emotional state during lockdown, and proposes the pandemic, the struggle for social justice, and the climate crisis as interconnected socio-political issues. By sharing intimate images of domesticity, the film reflects on how everyday actions within isolation have become acts of public importance. As spatial constriction gives room to inward expansion, questions about outward identity and political participation remain present. These multi-layered internal contemplations are contrasted with Yara’s excursions into a local forest, which turn into acts of connection. Despite suggested notions of hope and perspective, viewers are left with the question of whether and how insight turns into personal and political action.

About the Artist, Maga Esberg

Maga Esberg is a visual artist, tutor and curator based in the UK. She set up HATCHED as a creative platform to share work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights. HATCHED has been exhibiting as part of the Oxford International Women festival since 2016 at the North Wall gallery, the Jam Factory, Common Ground working space and Freud in Oxford.

Chandan (formerly Sally) Fraser, Sally Alexander and Sheila Rowbotham discuss the pioneering beginnings of Women's Liberation in Britain.

Images of Liberation: Chandan Fraser in conversation

Thursday 28th October 6:30pm

Activist-photographer Sally (now known as Chandan) Fraser captured the beginnings of second wave feminism at its landmark conference in Oxford in 1970, and the first-ever Women's Liberation demonstration on London's streets the following year. They were life-changing moments for those who attended.

We are thrilled to be joined by Chandan Fraser, alongside conference organisers Sally Alexander and Sheila Rowbotham, to discuss these transformative events in response to our Images of Liberation: Sally Fraser’s photography of women’s protest' exhibition at Photo Oxford 2021.


Chandan Fraser's photographs are exhibited at the former Ruskin College, where the pioneering feminist gathering took place. Many of her images have never been shown.

This talk is free. Please consider making a donation to Photo Oxford here to support the work of the Festival.

© John A Blythe

Cyanotype Workshop

Saturday 30 October, 10am - 1pm
Old Fire Station Oxford
Tickets: £25, Minimum Age 16

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.

© Fran Monks

Vaccine Trials - In Science and Art

Wednesday 3rd November, 6-7pm
Online event in collaboration with History of Science Museum

The recording of the event is avaialbel to listed to here

Portrait artist Fran Monks introduces us to her compelling photo portraits of COVID vaccine trial volunteers, taken over Zoom during lockdown, and Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Chief Investigator for the clinical trials of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, shares his perspective on the extraordinary scientific story.


Joining the conversation - Helen Salisbury, vaccine trial volunteer, and Dr Silke Ackermann, Director of the History of Science Museum, Oxford.


Hosted by economist, journalist and broadcaster Tim Harford.

This talk is free. Please consider making a donation to Photo Oxford here to support the work of the Festival.

Images: Left - Rudean, from the series, salt © Lola Flash. Right - Mom smoking while watching her Telenovelas. Part of the Unveiled series 2016 © Paola Paredes

Overlooked Narratives, between Lola Flash and Paola Paredes

Hudred Heroines Online Artist Talk
6th November, 5pm

The second talk by Hundred Heroines is between groundbreaking documentary photographers Paola Paredes and Lola Flash, both renowned for their empathetic exploration of LGBTI+ experience. The talk will be a rare opportunity to hear from these global artists simultaneously.

Read more about Overlooked Narratives

Hundred Heroines is excited to present an in-conversation event between American photographer, Lola Flash and Ecuadorian photographer, Paola Paredes.

About Lola Flash

A lifelong advocate of gender, sexual and racial equity, a member of the Kamoinge Collective and a board member of Queer Art, Lola Flash is renowned for her artistic achievement and the socio-political importance of her work. Her activism and art are profoundly connected, and the stories she highlights from Black and LGBTQI+ communities worldwide spans over three decades.

Lola’s attention to overlooked narratives is evident in her series, salt, a vibrant collection of portraits of women over 70 years old who are making - or have made - striking contributions to society. Featured in the Hundred Heroines Photo Oxford exhibition, Women on Women, Relationships, Identity and Power – Explored Through Photography, salt combats the invisibility that some older women experience, critiquing the deeply rooted cultural and social biases that remove older women from the public sphere.

About Paola Paredes

Paola Paredes, who will be joining Lola, makes work which illuminates the experiences of members of the queer community in Ecuador. Her first two major photographic works, Unveiled and Until You Change present audiences with an intimate challenge to prejudicial attitudes towards homosexuality. She blends traditional documentary photography, staged imagery, and self-portraiture to explore issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, creating awareness and inviting conversations about sexuality, family, and personal freedom in Latin America.

The conversation will be moderated by Historian Haley Drolet. Haley currently lives in Oxford, England with her Dalmatian (and Hundred Heroines’ mascot) Annie. She completed a MA in Classics from King’s College London and now works as a Research Assistant in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford.

Bringing these photographers together, the conversation promises invaluable insights into their artistic praxis, and important discussions about the wider implications of their work.

© Nettie Edwards

Anthotypes Workshop

Saturday 6th November, 11am - 4pm
Old Fire Station Oxford
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.

This talk is free. Please consider making a donation to Photo Oxford here to support the work of the Festival.

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”.

Ria Parry and Sarah Mossop

In conversation: Sarah Mossop and Ria Parry

on the challenges facing early-career women artists

Thursday 11th November 6 – 8pm (talk from 6.30 – 7.15)

The North Wall Arts Centre

Sarah Mossop is a curator and arts consultant. Ria Parry is a director and producer, and Co-Director of The North Wall. Both Sarah and Ria have worked extensively in their respective fields to support early-career artists and, as women in the dramatic and visual arts, have faced their own challenges. They will reflect on the situation for women in the arts and what can be done to support them.


The North Wall’s ArtsLab programme exists to create opportunities for early-career artists and this year, for the first time, is supporting visual artists. The exhibition “Fourteen” is the result of this programme. The audience are invited to a private viewing of the exhibition and for the discussion.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet.

© Nancy Sheung. Staircase, 1960s, Silver Gelatin Print 48x40cm

The Photography of Nancy Sheung: A panel discussion

Friday 12th November 2021, 5.30pm - 7.30pm.
St Hughs College


Drinks reception at 5.30pm, followed by the panel discussion 6pm - 7.30pm.

Free to attend but please register by 12 noon on 11 November for access.

In this special event, which accompanies the exhibition Line and Texture: the photography of Nancy Sheung, currently on show at St Hugh’s College as part of the Photo Oxford Festival, and featured in The Guardian, an expert panel will consider the work of pioneering Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung within the broader contexts of Chinese and Western photography.

The panel will be chaired by Shelagh Vainker (St Hugh’s College), Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, and Associate Professor of Chinese Art in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The panellists are:

Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, granddaughter of Nancy Sheung, who will discuss aspects of the artist’s life.

Adrian Bradshaw, photojournalist specialising in the photography of China, who will contextualise Nancy Sheung’s photography within that of China and Hong Kong from the late 1950s.

Michael Pritchard, exhibition curator, Director of Programmes at the Royal Photographic Society, and photo-historian, who will discuss the artist’s work within that of the RPS from the 1950s-1970s.

© Hannah Fletcher

Chemigrams Workshop

Saturday 13 November, Old Fire Station Oxford
10am - 3pm, Tickets: £45
Minimum Age: 18

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.

Weekend Course:
Introduction to Photoshop

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.

© Mark Crean, Fabric of Photography exhibition at OFS, 2021

Closing event
Fabric of Photography: Material Matters

Saturday 13 November, 4pm - 6pm
Arts at the Old Fire Station

Fabric of Photography: Material Matters the experimental photographic exhibition funded by The Arts Council, England and supported by Photo Oxford Festival closes on Saturday the 13th of November at The Old Fire Station, Oxford City.

Join us to celebrate our exhibition and the beginning of a small but focussed community of Experimental photographic artists. There will be a ‘loop’ screening of Karel Doing’s Phytography.
Join in discussions and enjoy meeting with our super talented artists from 4pm to 6pm. Sign up to our newsletter for more events, meetups, callouts and exhibitions to follow. www.fabricofphotography.com