Women and the photobook: A pop-up library and rare book tour

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Women and the Photobook

A pop-up library and rare book tour of photobooks by women

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 Saturday 15 April 2023


  At the Weston Library

  Free, drop in
Booking required for Show & Tell sessions

About this event

This pop-up library, inspired by the recent publication, What They saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999, explores the diversity of photographic books created by women. Throughout history, the contributions of women to the field of photography have often been overlooked. Visit the pop-up library in Blackwell Hall showcasing a wide-ranging collection of historical and contemporary photobooks authored by women.

Show & Tell sessions

Join Philippa James for the Show & Tell sessions of rare books, many of which have remained unseen or under-recognised. This collection is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to expand their understanding and appreciation of the diverse perspectives and approaches that have been brought to the art of photography by women throughout history.

  • 12.30pm – 1pm: sold out
  • 2pm – 2.30pm: sold out
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: sold out

This event is part of Photo Oxford 2023 and will move to The Old Fire Station on 25 – 29 April 2023.


This event is organised by Falmouth University MA students; Philippa James, Emma Davies and Rolf Kraehenbuehl, with support from 10x10 Photobooks and A Year with my Camera.  


This event is held in the Space for Reading in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library.

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

 Booking information

When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Sir Brian and Lady Pomeroy towards our photography season activities.

The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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