OPS Weekly Newsletter 5 May 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 5 May 2024


  • Congratulations to Keith for winning this year’s Shelagh Roberts Award at the opening of our Annual Exhibition on Saturday. Please do visit the exhibition at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. More details here: https://www.artweeks.org/v/oxford-photographic-society
  • We are back at the City of Oxford Silverband Hall on Tuesday 7 May
  • Do start preparing for our final Print Competition on 14 May and Panel Competition on 21 May


  1. Last week’s meeting: Joe Houghton “Photography in an AI world”


If you missed the meeting – a senior moment meant that I did – then below is a link to the slides from the talk with the information on the various programmes that you can use to create AI images.




The link will not last long so download as soon as possible.


  1. Next week’s meeting 7 May 19.30 at the Silverband Hall – Uwe Ackermann and a show and tell from our last Oxford photo walk


In the first half of the evening Uwe’s talk will be 30 minutes “Dabbling in Documentary – the war on Graffiti” then 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 16 April. This evening follows on from the successful evening held on 16 January when it was very dark and cold. Bring your images on a ‘usb stick’ or similar contraption…


  1. Upcoming meetings in May


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.

If you are unsure of what a photographic panel is then please see Phil’s excellent introductory guide which is attached. Also here is a video on how to put a panel together using Lightroom by, that man again, Joe Houghton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3PHK8sU1qA


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



There are lots of photographic exhibitions on at Artweeks, including Rob Ferrand’s and former member Douglas Vernimmen’s. See here a full list of the photography themed events: https://www.artweeks.org/festival/advanced-search?keys=&field_site_number_value=&field_medium_value=photography

Also Judie Waldmann got in contact about her exhibition and said she “Would love to get photographic feedback from such a knowledgable group”. She her exhibition details here:



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


Self Exposure: in conversation with Ralph Gibson

An exclusive RPS livestreamed event with photographer Ralph Gibson and RPS President Simon Hill



A picture’s worth a thousand words … but only some of them tell the whole truth

A new exhibition asks us to look again at classic images of war, protest and revolution, and sheds light on manipulated photographs



Facing changes, changing faces: LensCulture portrait awards 2024 – in pictures

Photographers talk us through the images – from confused parents to topless lovers – that wowed the judges for this year’s prize



Join us for a private view of the World Press Photo Exhibition

We are excited to invite you to an exclusive AP private view of the World Press Photo Exhibition on Monday 20th May. Places are limited so make sure you book.



We want to see your best bird photos: DPReview Editors’ Challenge

May 11 is World Migratory Bird Day, and we want to see your best bird images! Take part in the official DPReview Editor’s Challenges for your chance to have your work featured on our homepage, in articles and galleries. We may even reach out to interview you about your work!




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