The exhibition programme will be accompanied by a series of talks and events, including an afternoon symposium. See below for our full schedule and to book tickets where necessary.



Artist Talks


Join Edgar Martins for a tour of his highly-anticipated exhibition, the UK premiere of his new series Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes. Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, Martins’ work arises from a frustration with photography’s inability to show the nature of death.


Sunday 24 September, 1:30pm

Barn Gallery

St John’s College (Map)


Edgar Martins was born in Évora, Portugal but grew up in Macau, China, where he published his first novel entitled Mãe deixa-me fazer o pino. In 1996 he moved to the UK, where he completed a BA in Photography and Social Sciences at the University of the Arts, as well as an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art (London). His work is represented internationally in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A (London), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), RIBA (London), the Dallas Museum of Art (USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/Modern Art Centre (Lisbon), Fundação EDP (Lisbon), Fondation Carmignac (Paris), amongst others. His first book Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies was awarded the Thames & Hudson and RCA Society Book Art Prize. A selection of images from this book was also awarded The Jerwood Photography Award in 2003. Between 2002 and 2012 Martins published 10 separate monographs, which were also received with critical acclaim. These works were exhibited internationally at institutions such as PS1 MoMA (New York), MOPA (San Diego, USA), MACRO (Rome), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Centro de Arte Moderna de Bragança (Bragança, Portugal), Museu do Oriente (Lisbon), Centro de Arte Moderna (Lisbon), MAAT (Lisbon), Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, UK), PM Gallery & House (London), The Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Ffotogallery (Penarth, Wales),The Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museum (UK), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), among many others. In 2010 the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris) hosted Edgar Martins’ first retrospective exhibition. Edgar Martins was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category) in May 2008. In 2009 he was also awarded the prestigious BES Photo Prize (Portugal), as well as a SONY World Photography Award (Landscape category). More recently, Edgar Martins was awarded 1st prize in the Fine Art (Abstract category) of the 2010 International Photography Awards as well as nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009. Edgar Martins was selected to represent Macau, China at the 54th Venice Biennale. Edgar Martins works and lives in the UK.


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Join us for an afternoon of stimulating discussions with artists, curators and academics that draw on the themes and theories explored in Photo Oxford 2017, a series of explorations into the complex and often contradictory relationship between photography’s capacity to both conceal and reveal.


Thursday September 7th

The Weston Library’s Lecture Theatre

Bodleian Libraries

University of Oxford





Introductions: Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian and Chair of Photo Oxford


Richard Ovenden is Bodley’s Librarian, the 25th person to hold the title, which is the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. He was educated at Durham University and University College London, and has worked as a professional librarian since 1985. He has served on the staff of Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland (as Deputy Head of the Rare Books Section), the University of Edinburgh (as Director of Collections), and since 2003 at the Bodleian Libraries (first as Keeper of Special Collections, from 2011-2014 as Deputy Librarian, the Bodleian Libraries, then from 2014 as Bodley’s Librarian). Ovenden is Chair of the Board of Trustees, Photo Oxford.



Overview of Photo Oxford content and Conceal/Reveal curatorial thesis: Tim Clark and Greg Hobson


Tim Clark and Greg Hobson are the guest curators of Photo Oxford 2017.



Lecture: Professor Val Williams on the practice of reconceptualising photographic archives


Val Williams is a writer, curator, Professor of the History and Culture of Photography and Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at University of the Arts London. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Photography & Culture and has curated exhibitions for the Barbican Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Media Museum, Tate Britain and the British Council.



In Conversation: Taco Hidde Bakker discusses Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor with artist Mariken Wessels


Mariken Wessels is an artist based in Amsterdam. She has exhibited at The Hague Museum of Photography, The Nederlands Fotomuseum and FOMU Antwerp, among others. Her books include Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor (2015), which one the prestigious Author Book Award at Arles 2016, Don't Forget (2012), He Was There (2012), Who (2012), Keepsake/Monument (2011), Queen Ann. P.S. Belly Cut Off (2010), Elisabeth – I Want to Eat (2008) and Nederland (2007).


Taco Hidde Bakker is a freelance writer, translator and researcher. He completed a MA in Photographic Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the intersection of photo theory and visual anthropology. Subsequently, he worked as researcher on the large-scale, multi-platform documentary project The Last Days of Shishmaref with Paradox and Dana Lixenberg. His writings on the works of photographers and artists have been published in several books, catalogues, and periodicals such as Camera Austria International, FOAM Magazine, EXTRA (Fotomuseum Antwerp), British Journal of Photography and Aperture’s The PhotoBook Review. His first printed collection of essays is due for publication with Fw:Books in Spring 2018.






Lecture: Writer Daniel C. Blight on Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes


Daniel C. Blight is a writer based in London. He is co-editor of Loose Associations, a periodical of new writing on image culture, published by The Photographers’ Gallery; visiting tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and lecturer in photography at the University of Brighton.



In Conversation: Curators Tim Clark and Greg Hobson discuss the Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive with its owners, FUEL (Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell)


With a focus on contemporary art, FUEL was founded by Murray and Sorrell in 1991, and has developed long-term relationships with a number of artists, galleries and publishers, specialising in the design and production of catalogues and monographs.






In Conversation: Martin Parr discusses the making of his newly-commissioned project Oxford, created for the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University Press and Photo Oxford, with Richard Ovenden, followed by a book signing


Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 90 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar. Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the President. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Book Tickets



Exhibition Tours


Join Photo Oxford’s curators Tim Clark and Greg Hobson for two free gallery talks on Friday 8 September:


11am: Edgar Martins exhibition at Barn Gallery, St John’s College (Map)

12pm: Mariken Wessels exhibition at OVADA (Map)


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Film Screening


Los Tachados/Crossed Out (2011)


Directed by Roberto Duarte

Produced by Julia Gebauer


In this thirty minute documentary, filmmaker and Swedish resident Duarte returns to his Mexican birthplace to visit his 90 year old grandmother, to discover why his aunt and uncle have been scratched or cut out of every one of her considerable collection of family photographs. The process becomes an emotional journey into the heart of a long-held and closely guarded family secret.


30 mins, continuous showing

7 – 9 September

Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm


The Gallery

Accessed off corridor to reception

The Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High St





Wheelchair access from rear of hotel

Two steps up to front entrance - ramp can be provided if requested




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