FILM & PROJECTIONS

Judith Joy Ross Untitled, 1988 (From the series Easton Portraits)

© Judith Joy Ross, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Projections at the Ruskin School of Art

Vivian Maier, Susan Meiselas and Judith Joy Ross: a cross-reading of three women photographers in the collection of photographs of Florence and Damien Bachelot

Friday 15 and Friday 29 October, 6-9pm
Ruskin School of Art, Bullingdon Road (near the junction with Cowley Road)

Is there a female gaze in photography? How do women relate at each other without a male perspective in photography? These questions will be the central idea of this slideshow, which will question the concept of female gaze in American photography, from a cross-reading of three women photographers, who are part of the collection Bachelot are: Vivian Maier, Susan Meiselas and Judith Joy Ross. With seven hundred pieces, the collection of photographs of Florence and Damien Bachelot is one of the largest in private hands in France. The collection is structured around three main themes: humanist photography, the French contemporary scene and American photography.


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As shown by the publication of “Une histoire des femmes photographes” (Textuel, 2020), a book that brings together articles by historians from all over the world, this subject is reflective of a fundamental part of what needs to be written in the forthcoming photography history. This slide-show project aims to be a part of a writing on the history of women photographers, while shedding light on the links between feminism, sociology and photography in a founding period for women rights.

About the curator

Isabella Seniuta is a Research Assistant at the Department of Photography of the Centre Pompidou. She received her PhD in Art History at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2020. Her research interests include Sociology of Art, Feminism and Queer studies.

© Mari Mahr

Photography and the Book:
Slide Show by Jo Vestey

Weston Library, Blackwell Hall
Sunday 17 October, 11am-4pm
During the portfolio reviews

Mari Mahr and Joanna Vestey’s work will display, on screen, the work of 6 women photographers who have each made work that explores this theme (details below). Both media have long rich histories with Oxford dating back to their earliest moments of inception.Curated by Joanna Vestey and Caroline Howlett.

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Photographers have had a long lasting fascination with both the spaces and objects of academia. British photography pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot, at the medium’s very inception, focused his lens squarely on the University of Oxford making several trips to the city between 1843 and 1846. It was with an image of the Queens College, Oxford that he chose to open his seminal book, The Pencil of Nature (1844), later including in it an image showing a collection of books on a shelf titled, A Scene in A Library, which further secured this relationship. Exploring the role of women and photography at this time reveals that the first photographically illustrated book was made by a woman, British photographer Anna Atkins who published Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in 1843.

Photography and the Book, is an exhibition that explores the work of 6 contemporary female photographers whose practices continue to make connections between photography and the book. Mari Mahr and Joanna Vestey will show work that will be supported by books and a screen presentation showing Chloe Dewe Mathews series, ‘In Search of Frankenstein’, Candida Höfer’s Libraries work, Dayanita Singh’s, Museum of Chance, along with Tomoko Yoneda’s, Between Visible and Invisible.

The book has a rich history in Oxford, which can be traced back to the earliest days of printing, two years after William Caxton set up the first printing press in England the first book was printed in the city in 1478. Oxford has more than 100 libraries and has provided the setting for over 500 books.

© Jenny Okun, Still Life, 1976, video still. Courtesy of LUX.

Sculptural Film

Sundays, 17 and 31 October, 3pm
Basement gallery, Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke St

Introduction by the curator, Helen de Witt, on 31 October

Sculptural Film is a programme of work by British experimental women filmmakers who use photochemical practices to process film material in physical and sculptural ways. Moving between the abstract and the pictorial, these films evoke sensory and interior experiences of mind and body. Artists include Lis Rhodes, Sandra Lahire, Vicky Smith and Onyeka Igwe.

Curated by Helen de Witt. Helen is a curator, lecturer and writer specialising in artists’ film and independent cinema. She is programme advisor for the BFI London Film Festival Experimenta section of artists’ moving image, and teaches film at UCL and Birkbeck University of London.


Hosted in partnership with Modern Art Oxford.


Screening: Picture Stories Documentary

Thursday 4th November, 18:00 - 20:15
Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford OX4 1BN

Bookings are open here

Britain’s best-selling magazine during the Second World War, Picture Post revolutionised the picture magazine, showing Britain to the British in a fundamentally new way. Using the freedom of new camera technology, Picture Post’s photographers portrayed the lives of ordinary people, at home, on the street, unposed. These included Grace Robertson, also featured in our online and events progamme.

See The Guardian review of the film here.

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Through its powerful, socially committed picture stories, Picture Post helped to transform post-war Britain, and change the face of British photography.

The remarkable story of this iconic magazine is told by its photographers, writers and editors. Leading contemporary photographers reflect on Picture Post’s extraordinary images and influence.

About the filmmaker

Rob West is an independent filmmaker. His first feature-length documentary, “Tales from the Two Puddings”, about the legendary Two Puddings pub in Stratford, East London, won the 2017 UVFF Best Documentary Award. He has produced and directed a number of short documentaries in London, Bangladesh, East Africa and Cambodia, exploring the stories of communities in unique environments.