This week marked the opening of the first Photography Oxford Festival. Inspired by the wonderful Recontres D'arles this event shows all the spirit and clever curation of that event.
Festival director Robin Laurance and his team have pulled out all the stops to firmly plant Oxford on the Photographic Cultural Map. Spread over 26 venues the festival makes clever use of the many exhibition spaces and some surprising and wonderful locations. There are also several talks and discussions running alongside the main event as well as film screenings. Check the website link below for more information.
My personal favorites,so far,have been Mark Laita & Yann Layma at the Old Fire Station and Pentti Sammallahtis' masterfully printed Black and White images at St Johns College.
Awesome exhibition spaces showing great work are OVADA,Keble College and the Maths Institute, home to Mariana Cooks' powerful portraits.
I still have about 10 exhibitions to visit,high on the list are the show at Sarah Wiseman Gallery and Paddy Summerfields' poignant document of his parents last days together as they succumb to the devastating effects of Alzheimers. Staged as a projection in the garden of the house where they lived the installation is described thus. "His vision reflects the bond between his mother and father, which even Alzheimer's cannot break."
The festival runs until the 5th October 2014.
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