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Photography Exhibitions Oxford September 2014

We are lucky that for the first time Oxford is awash with photography exhibitions. As a cultural city it is a constant complaint that in general photography is ignored, well not this month. The Photography Oxford Festival is now in full swing, we have reported on this many times already but as lovers of photography a wakeup call to go out and see some real pictures on walls rather than sitting at home looking at Flickr, 500px, Behance or wherever else you consume your photography, is a good thing.

The first point of call I would like to send you to is the Natural History Museum, the have the Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition, held over for one week to coincide with the imaging workshops we are helping to run.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 Grand title winner Winner 2013 Animal Portraits Greg du Toit, South Africa

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 Grand title winner Winner 2013 Animal Portraits Greg du Toit, South Africa

The festival itself has a plethora of exhibitions, I can’t tell you whether any are worth visiting yet as I have yet to do the tour of venues and the festival website is worse than a dogs dinner for images and decent information, it might look cool like the new Windows front page on your phone but it is poor, so here I have kindly created a decent list for you but in no particular order and without recommendations. The copy and pasting of this list does not look pretty, I know, I’m sorry but at least it gives you all the exhibition info in one place so you can work out where to go on your own tour of the festival

Exhibition Title





At the Photography Oxford Festival she will show, for the first time, a recent body of work entitled Custodians. Setting out to explore the extraordinary colleges and buildings of Oxford, and to meet the “Custodians” who play a pivotal role in perpetuating these world-renowned institutions, her work reflects issues of heritage, history, and stewardship.

Joanna Vestey

Studio 45

Studio 45: 45 Park Town, OX2 6SL


The Descendants

Born out of a passion for history, this series by award-winning photographer Drew Gardner recreates portraits of some of the world’s most famous historical figures with their direct descendants. This collection of photographs takes you on a unique journey through time.

Drew Gardner

Studio 45

Studio 45: 45 Park Town, OX2 6SL


Bernard Plossu

French photographer Bernard Plossu has never been shown in Britain.

The Maison Française d’Oxford will show some of the major pictures that have dotted his career, as well as new work made recently in Britain.

Bernard Plossu

Maison Francaise

Maison Francaise, 2-10 Norham Rd, OX2 6SE


In the Shadow of the Pyramids

“ ‘In the Shadow of the Pyramids’ is a portrayal of Egypt through my own eyes. Guided by my childhood memories and a struggle to understand the country I call home, the series is a journey from 2005 to 2014 through Egypt to explore the essence of Egyptian identity in the hope of coming to terms with my own – from the time of Mubarak to the revolution and Egypt’s looming future.”

Laura El-Tantawy

Pitt Rivers Museum

Long Gallery

Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd, OX2 3PP


Broadhead’s Women 2014

ART JERICHO will present photographs by Maisie Maud Broadhead, a young London artist, in a mini retrospective of her work from the past four years, to include her new series of portraits from 2014. Last year Broadhead was awarded the Jerwood Makers Open, and earlier this year she was awarded the Brighton Pavilion Commission.

Maisie Maud Broadhead

Art Jericho

Art Jericho, 6 King St, OX2 6DF


Mathematicians and Justice

Mariana Cook’s “Justice” series explores the artist’s fascination with those people who come to feel so passionately about fairness and freedom that they will risk their livelihoods, even their lives, to pursue justice; people for whom the “rule of law” is no mere abstraction, for whom human rights is a fiercely urgent concern.

Cook’s “Mathematicians” series explores a similarly unique group of individuals.

Mariana Cook

Mathematical Institute

Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Qtr, Woodstock Rd, OX2 6GG


Pentti Sammallahti

You don’t take photographs, you receive them,” says Pentii Sammallahti

He prefers to work during the winter months at dusk, when the light and mists create the mood he is most comfortable with. The White Sea in Russian has been the setting for some of his most memorable pictures.

Pentti Sammallahti

St. John’s College

St John’s College, St Giles, OX1 3JP


Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Returning regularly to his native Finland, Arno Minkkinen has spent the last four decades taking self-portraits of his unclothed body, rarely including his face; connecting his body with his surroundings. He eschews manipulation of any kind, insisting that what the camera sees is what the viewer sees. The results are surreal landscapes blending the human form with land and water.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

St. John’s College

St John’s College, St Giles, OX1 3JP



Veli Granö explores themes surrounding alternative social realities in his work, posing a question of how an individual might aim to create their own reality if the one offered by the society does not seem fitting. Granö’s photographs deal with deviant individuals, or situations, that do not conform to the accepted social norms, standards and expectations.

Veli Granö

St. John’s College

St John’s College, St Giles, OX1 3JP


Defying the Laws of Gravity

This exhibition will explore how the way of seeing through Bangladeshi eyes is contributing to this change. Nurtured by a growing confidence, an intellectual integrity and teachers with international perspective -many of them household names in photography – Pathshala students are developing a style particular to Bangladesh.

Shahidul Alam, Abir Abdullah, Anisul Hoque, Taslima Akhter, Tushikur Rahman, Sarker Protick & Jannatul Mawa

Keble College

Keble College, Parks Rd, OX1 3PG


Document Scotland

Scotland today stands at a decisive moment in its history.

Events in 2014 will shape how we relate to our neighbours and to the wider world. The exhibition ‘Document Scotland’ believes that photography can and should play a central part in documenting this epoch. The curators hope to leave a visual document, a testimony to the extraordinary times we are living in.

Document Scotland:

Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren, and Sophie Gerrard

Wadham College, Squash Court

Wadham College, Parks Rd, OX1 3PN


Designed to Deceive

This exhibition explores the photograph as construct, rather than as truthful witness, showing photographs taken with the deliberate intention or unintended result of misleading the viewer and/or distorting the meanings contained within them.


Wadham College, Chapel

Wadham College, Parks Rd, OX1 3PN



The American, Mark Laita, has been photographing snakes for more than a decade. Few species of snakes have eluded his lens.

Mark Laita and Yann Layma

Old Fire Station

Old Fire Station, 40 George St, OX1 2AQ



Yann Layma was attracted to creatures that fly rather than slither. A chance meeting turned the young Layma into the disciple of a leading entomologist who taught him all there was to know about these beautiful, delicate creatures.

Bus Stories

A crowd of loners; a bus filled with people each looking at the floor, at sights running past windows, at the ceiling, but never at each other. We are all sitting on the same bus, perhaps we all travel in the same direction, we sit next to each other; it does not mean though that we are together.

Mimi Mollica

Jam Factory

Jam Factory, 27 Park End St, OX1 1HU



Explores our relationship with photography as keepsake; the image as a record of experience or repository of memory in the light of the 21st century’s accelerated means of production and consumption of photography.

Clarita Lulic + Various


OVADA, The Warehouse, 14a Osney Lane, OX1 1NJ


Inside Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, journalists are an endangered species.

His regime has bombed and banned newspapers, blown up radio stations, confiscated transmission equipment, kidnapped and deported foreign journalists, arrested, locked up, and beaten local journalists. Knowing all this, Hammond still undertook his mission to give a voice to the voiceless through his lens. And he has paid the price – harassed, interrogated, imprisoned.

Robin Hammond

Magdalen College

Magdalen College, Grove Auditorium, Longwall St, OX1 4AU


Susanna Majuri

Susanna Majuri’s photographs are an exploration into photographic fiction as a place for encountering emotions, both positive and negative, with references to storytelling, literature, music, and folklore. Elements recognisable from storybooks merge with our own memories creating a dreamlike atmosphere.

Susanna Majuri

Story Museum ‘Safe’

Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, OX1 1BP



“Restwert” brings together work from two contemporary German photographers, Dietmar Eckell and Matthias Heiderich. The exhibition includes a selection of pieces from Eckell’s long-running project “Restwert” which examines the residue of human occupation in and inscription onto the landscape.

Matthias Heidierich

Dietmar Eckell

O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle

O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle Quarter, OX1 1AY


Photography and Healing

Doctors asked the question “what good is photography” would have no hesitation is agreeing that modern medicine would be lost without X-rays, scans, and other imaging techniques.

Showing a patient what is going on is the best way to further understanding, and with understanding comes the mental strength that aids the healing process.

Angelino Merendino, Wendy Sacks, Jon Brett, Adam Hahn

North Wall

North Wall, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN


Oxford Film Strips

David Rhys Jones uses ceramics as a conduit for his documentary photography, creating semi-sculptural works, revealing interplay between surface and image.

Port Meadow Dogs

Rory Carnegie, an award-winning documentary photographer, has created a series using photographs made on walks over Oxford’s Port Meadow, combined digitally with studio shots, to create an ethereal, painterly image.

Rachael Edgar

Fresh from her post-graduate degree, she has created a new series of contemporary work using a very early photographic process, Gum Bichromate on glass, first used by the nineteenth century pioneers in photography.

David Rhys Jones, Rory Carnegie and Rachael Edgar

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 40-41 South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JL


World Press Photo 2014

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. 53 prizewinning photographers, 25 nationalities and 151 selected pictures are exhibited here for their UK debut.

World Press Photo’s aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation of the work of photographers and other visual journalists.


The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University, Glass Tank, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP


On Solid Ground

“On Solid Ground” tells the stories of those starting afresh in unfamiliar cities, rebuilding homes they were forced to abandon decades before, or embracing new means of survival in the face of crisis.

PANOS photographers

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University, Garden Courtyard, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP


People’s Project

Oxfordshire’s demographic posits people from all over the world, so the idea of ’Home’ for some will be sensitive and complicated.

In partnership with the local press, we will publish our work to encourage the general public to respond and send in their photographs, leading up to and culminating with the exhibition at Oxford Brookes University.


Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University, Public Piazza, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP


Mother and Father

“Mother and Father” is a moving photo-novel of the final years of a 60-year marriage. His vision reflects the bond between his mother and father, which even Alzheimer’s cannot break. They become symbols in a story of balance and tension, which is both domestic and epic. These thoughtful, often melancholy, images form a personal piece that is simultaneously universal and timeless.

Paddy Summerfield

337 Banbury Road

337 Banbury Rd, OX2 7PL


Wooden Churches

These churches are the remnants of thousands that were built all over Russia from the time of Prince Vladimir, who, on his conversion to Christianity in 988 ‘ordained that wooden churches should be built and established where pagan idols had previously stood.’ Most of those that survive are to be found in the sparsely populated northwestern corner of Russia.

Richard Davies

Lady Margaret Hall, Chapel

Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gdns, OX2 6QA


Why We Print this Picture

This exhibition represents a selection of photography from the charity Oxfam, starting with advertisements from the 1960s through to work commissioned this year, focused around their efforts in Africa – the region of the world that attracts the most criticism in terms of perpetuating a negative image. Through this selection we are able to witness how Oxfam’s use of photography has evolved from images of starving children to a more nuanced approach to photography in an attempt to utilise its power to create change.

Oxfam Archive Images

Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gdns, OX2 6QA


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