PHOTOGRAPHY OXFORD FESTIVAL ’14
Oxford is set to become a beacon on the world map of photography with Europe’s newest and most ambitious photography festival. From the 14th September for 3 weeks, 20 venues across the city of Oxford will be exhibiting the work of some of the world’s finest Photographers during The Photography Oxford Festival 2014.
The festival strives to make photography available to the widest possible audience in the region, bringing world class photography out of the confines of London and onto the beautiful historic street of Oxford.
“Henry Fox Talbot, Britain’s pioneer of the photographic process, made some important early images in Oxford during the 19th century. It’s time to celebrate the city’s links with the beginnings of an art form that has become ever present in all our lives.”
(Robin Laurance – director of Photography Oxford Festival)
The Photography Oxford Festival acts to stimulate debate and discussion through a programme of talks, debates, workshops, films and competitions that will run alongside the exhibitions. The Festival aims to raise awareness and an appreciation of the photographic arts to the level enjoyed by painting, sculpture and the other visual arts.
What to look out for:
The prestigious World Press Photo Exhibition 2014 making its UK debut in Oxford. The celebrated French photographer Bernard Plossu is exhibiting his work at the Maison Francaise – the first time he has exhibited in Britain.
The award-winning photographer Robin Hammond is showing his work about the decline of Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe; and Laura el-Tantawy will be showing her work on Egypt’s painful transition from the Mubarak era to the present day. Keble College will host an exhibition of work by the alumni of Dhaka’s Pathshala Institute.
Souvenirs is an exhibition that looks at how photographs have become the essential souvenir and more important even than just experiencing an occasion, while Designed to Deceive uncovers the artful propagandists, editors, politicians and photographers who have manipulated images both before and after the introduction of Photoshop.
The O3 Gallery: Restwert 13th September – 5th October 2014
Here at the O3 Gallery we are proud to announce that we are exhibiting the work of German photographers Matthias Heiderich and Dietmar Eckell in a joint exhibition entitled ‘RESTWERT’. Taken from Dietmar Eckell’s long running photographic project ‘Restwert’ the German translation being ‘residual value’, this exhibition –as the title suggests – asks viewers to take a deeper and more considered look at the artist’s work for their theoretical or true value.
Matthias Heiderich is a self-taught German photographer based in Berlin. Since 2010 he has exhibited in the United States and across Europe including solo shows at Audi Art Gallery in St. Petersburg, Carte Blanche in San Francisco and Spot Galerie in Berlin. Matthias Heiderich’s architectural photographs are characterised by an interest in geometric form and hyper-saturated colour, these abstract images offer a unique view of modern architecture.
Dietmar Eckell is a German photographer and adventurer whose work explores the ‘Restwert’ (residual value) of abandoned objects. The aesthetics of decay, the stories behind the write-offs and the memories they evoke make these objects and their sublime surrounding landscapes worth documenting. Dietmar Eckell’s photographs attempts to underline the temporality of manmade objects, human endeavors and perception by capturing them in nature’s endlessly regenerative growth.
The O3 Gallery invites you to come and experience these beautiful and thought provoking works. Photography Oxford exhibitions launched 13th September and run until 5th October. There is lots to do and see all over the city including talks from famous writer David Campany at the Lady Margaret Hall and a showing of Sebastian Junger’s ‘Which way is the front line’ at the Phoenix Picturehouse. With so much going on be sure to follow ‘O3 Gallery’ on Twitter/Facebook/Blog for more info. For dates and further info be sure to check out the Photography Oxford Festival website: http://www.photographyoxford.co.uk
Entry to all the exhibitions will be free.
O3 Gallery Oxford Castle Oxford OX1 1AY
Opening times: Tues-Fri 12-5pm,
Sat & Sun 11am-4pm,