OPS Weekly Newsletter 21 April 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 21 April 2024


Members, family and friends are invited to the private viewing at 15.00-17.00 Saturday 4 May. Adrian Arbib will be opening the exhibition and selecting the winner of the Shelagh Roberts Award.

Adrian has contributed to all the UK newspapers and many international ones. He was a staff photographer for La Repubblica in London for over 6 years and has travelled extensively covering human rights stories; including Rwanda, the Horn of Africa, West Papua and India.


  1. Last week’s meeting An evening in Oxford with our cameras


Many thanks to everyone who braved the mild evening weather. Hope you all got the shots you wanted


  1. Next week’s meeting 23 April at 20.00: Print Critique.


Tonight David Lowe will be reviewing and giving his views on our prints in a Print Critique evening at the Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxfordshire, OX33 1PR.


  1. Upcoming meetings in April and May


Tuesday 30 April:  ZOOM – Speaker event with Joe Houghton “Photography in an AI world”

We have the pleasure of welcoming back Joe Houghton who previously gave us a talk on Lightroom and Photoshop. This evening he will be going through the advantages of using AI.


A link will be sent to all members so that this ZOOM presentation can be done in your own homes.


Tuesday 7 May: Uwe Ackermann and a show and tell from our last Oxford photo walk


Awe will spend 30 minutes “Dabbling in Documentary – the war on Graffiti” Followed by 30 minutes “Something new when everything that can be photographed has been photographed”.


The second half of the evening is a show and tell from members who took pictures in Oxford on the 16th April, This evening follows on from the successful evening held on the 16th January when it was very dark and cold. Hopeful the walk about on the 16th April will give us a different perspective with lighter evening and warmer weather.


Tuesday 14 May: Third Print Competition

Judge for our Third Print Competition Martin Pattern DPAGB LRPS BPE4

Martin Pattern is a Photographic Judge for The CACC and surrounding regions. He has won multiple honours and medals in exhibitions around the world and have had his photographs published in national newspapers both in print and online. He is based in Hertfordshire and we are very pleased to have him judge at OPS


21 May Panel Competition

Judged by Phil Joyce FRPS


28 May AGM and your 10 Best of Year

The AGM will be followed by the showing of members’ selection of their 10 best of the season


  1. Photo themed events in Oxford


Oxford Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition

Cloister Gallery, Soldiers of Oxford Museum

Park Street


OX20 1SN

From 4 May to 26 May. Note it is not open on Mondays



Cyanotype: Camera-Free Photography Braziers Park

Learn how to make photographs without a camera. Create beautiful blueprints of found objects.

10am – 4pm/From £65. Option to accommodation + food from £35/Sun 28th Apr

24 Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford Oxfordshire

01491 680221 or 01491 680481 https://www.braziers.org.uk/programme/


Bluebell photography course

Capture spring’s stunning display of colours whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 4th May 24 Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


Meadow photography course

Capture our wonderful meadow in bloom in the summer whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 15th Jun 24Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


Natural Photography Workshop

Leave the cameras at home and try a photography workshop with a difference. Create your own beautiful prints from plants and explore a new experimental photographic technique that references Sir John Frederick William Herschel’s discoveries in the 1800s

10.30am – 2.30pm/£50/Wed 3rd Jul 24. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


  1. Photo exhibitions further afield


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World

17 February – 2 June 2024

10am – 5pm

MK Gallery

900 Midsummer Blvd

Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA


American photographer Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013), one of the most important practitioners of the post-war period and a pioneer of colour photography, celebrated for his evocative images of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a major survey at MK Gallery.


Leiter photographed every day for sixty years, keenly observing daily life and discovering beauty on the streets of the East Village neighbourhood where he lived his entire adult life and which became his enduring subject. Upon his death in 2013, Leiter left behind a remarkable collection of around 15,000 black and white prints, at least 40,000 colour slides, a similar number of black and white negatives and over 4000 paintings, only a handful of which had seen the light of day. Once lost to obscurity, his work has since been rediscovered and revaluated for its ground-breaking role in the emergence of colour photography.


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World at MK Gallery is the largest exhibition of Leiter’s work to take place in the UK, featuring 171 photographs alongside a selection of over 40 of Leiter’s lesser-known paintings.



Best photography exhibitions to see in 2024

One of the best ways to gain inspiration for your photography and exploring different styles is by experiencing and viewing the work of other photographers and artists. We’ve put together a selection of the best exhibitions on around the UK during 2024 to see photography; including exhibitions that present photographs alongside other disciplines.


Below, you’ll find the information you need including dates, location and ticket details to plan your trips.



  1. General photographic interest


RPS Journal Extra

Welcome to Journal Extra, your monthly email with original content and unique material that complements features found in the RPS Journal.



Intimate portraits of Indigenous Alaskans – in pictures

All images courtesy of the Wilson Collection & Bodleian Libraries, Oxford.

Around 1900, several photographers, including Missouri-born Beverly Bennett Dobbs and two European emigrants to the US, HG Kaiser and Albert F Johnson, followed a gold rush to Nome, Alaska. Among the clients they ushered into their portrait studios were a number of Indigenous Alaskans, whose striking pictures were later collected by the British film producer Michael G Wilson. “The portraits are remarkable for their intimacy,” says Richard Ovenden, head of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, which has recently acquired Wilson’s collection of photographs. Little is known about the subjects but Ovenden values the portraits as a record of a “moment of encounter and exchange” between “the international community of prospectors [and] the Inuit communities who had lived in peace for thousands of years”.



World Press Photo 2024 – global winners

The global winners in the World Press Photo annual competition have been announced, with Mohammed Salem winning world press photo of the year. The winners were selected from 24 regional winners and there were also six honourable mentions and two special mentions this year. Awarded stories will be part of a global exhibition visiting London in May



Ricoh’s big bet on a film renaissance: We interview the team behind the upcoming Pentax film camera

Everything analog is suddenly cool again, and photography is no exception: There’s an incredible renaissance happening in film photography, led by a generation who grew up never knowing anything other than digital cameras.



Sony World Photography Awards winners announced! See the incredible images

The winners of the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards competition have been announced by The World Photography Organisation. The prestigious Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Juliette Pavy for her documentary project exploring the severe and lasting impacts of the involuntary birth control and the Open Photographer of the Year prize was won by Liam Man for his drone-lit image of the Old Man of Storr rock formation.




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