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This year’s theme is ‘Decolonising Environments’, which explores the complex and often conflicting relationships between human communities, places, and the natural world. Encompassing a range of styles, subjects and genres, Photo|Frome invites photographers and audiences to contribute to discussions around the social and environmental impacts of longstanding political, cultural, and economic ideas about our world. Decolonising is usually defined as a process of self-determination and unlearning of the social and cultural constructs created by an established and maintained system of dominion of one group over another. ‘Decolonising Environments’ expands this concept, to encourage a wider examination of social, environmental, and cultural issues through the subjectivity of the photographer’s individual gaze

The festival approaches contemporary photography with a broad lens, and the artist line-up reflects that vision. We feature national and international artists, photography that explores the history of the Southwest region, and showcase the talents of local, student and amateur photographers.

All exhibitions are FREE to visit.

Florence Abraham

MPB @ ROOK LANE Chapel

Gideon Mendel

MPB @ Rook Lane Chapel | Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN

Saturday 24 June to Wednesday 12 July 10:00–16:00 

Rook Lane Chapel will showcase seven very different world-class practitioners, presented by MPB, the largest global platform to buy, sell and trade used photo and video kit. MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro.

Working with both stills and video, Gideon Mendel‘s intimate style of image-making and long-term commitment to socially engaged projects has earned international recognition. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1959, he began photographing in the 1980s, during the final years of apartheid. This experience as a ‘struggle photographer’, documenting the brutality of the South African state’s response to peaceful protest, marked him on some level and for much of his subsequent career his focus has been on responding to the key global issues facing his generation.  

Since 2007, ‘Drowning World’ is Gideon’s exploration of flooding using photography and video. He has worked in the UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, Nigeria, Germany, The Philippines, Brazil, Bangladesh, the USA, France, Australia, Greece and Canada, witnessing a shared human experience of climate catastrophe that transcends geographical, cultural and economic divides. The work presented at Photo|Frome is a selection of  ‘Submerged Portraits‘ from this project. While the poses may seem conventional, the context is catastrophe, and the gazes are unsettling. These are not disempowered victims: in their encounter with the camera, they invite us to engage with the calamity that has fallen on them.

Gideon has won the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, the Amnesty International Media Award, the Greenpeace Photo Award and he has been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet in 2015 (Disorder) and 2019 (Hope). In 2016 he was the first recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s ‘Pollock Prize for Creativity’.

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MPB @ ROOK LANE

Christina Simons

Christina Simons an award-winning international documentary photographer focused on humanitarian issues and cultural diversity. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia, the United States, the UK, Europe, Russia and Mexico. Icelandic & American, Christina resides in Australia and is a true citizen of the world speaking multiple languages. She is a member of the Women Photograph collective and regularly mentors and teaches photography. Throughout her 25-year visual arts career, her work has been represented in publications such as The New York Times, BBC and The Guardian. Christina has also worked with NGOs such as Medicines Sans Frontiers, Marie Stopes and UNICEF.

Photo|Frome will exhibit work from two of Christina’s series. ‘Australian Apocalypse’ shows the consequences of bushfires which ravaged over 10 million hectares of Australia, killing nearly 30 people and an estimated half a billion animals. Her latest work, ‘Uncertain Land’ documents how people already internally displaced because of war in newly formed South Sudan also had to flee climate change flooding.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

Australian Apocalypse
Xaku

MPB @ ROOK LANE

Gobinder Jhitta

Gobinder Jhitta is a Birmingham born professional photographer living in London.

In the far north of Columbia, nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, is “the heart of the world”. This is the belief of the Arhuaco peoples, an indigenous group who have lived here for thousands of years. According to their history and cosmology, they, along with their neighbours the Kogi, Wiwa, and Kankuamo peoples (distinct yet related indigenous groups) sprung from this site during the creation of the Earth. As such, they refer to themselves as the Elder Brothers, and to the rest of the world as the Younger Brothers. This distinction arose not just from a difference in age, but from a difference in responsibility. as the groups view themselves as the Earth’s caretakers, with an obligation to ensure balance between humanity and nature. 

Having watched the snow on the peak of their most sacred mountain (the form of which inspired the conical white hats they wear) slowly retreat due to global warming, the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa, and Kankuamo peoples have recognised the need for spreading their message. Since the early 90s, they have begun to allow documentation of their home, their lives and their rituals of conservation, in the hope of inspiring their Younger Brothers.

After learning about the history and wisdom of these groups, Gobinder was eventually given permission to visit the Arhuaco and Kogi groups and capture their way of life. The resulting body of work is titled ‘Xaku‘ (which, in the indigenous language of these peoples, means ‘spirit of the mother’). Gobinder photographed the special bond that the Arhuaco and Kogi share with nature, and the earnestness with which they perform their age-old task of protecting it.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

MPB @ ROOK LANE

Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon is an artist, curator, and writer. Her work explores the intervolved and intersectional histories of the Caribbean plantation system, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Enclosure Acts, and the creation of the British working-class. Leah’s work amplifies ‘histories from below’ and recognises in the role of carnival, folk traditions, grassroots religion in both performing and sustaining radical histories. Her film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida. 

The enclosure acts describe the legal process through which common rights over land were terminated and the common land converted to the exclusive property and use of a landowner. 

For the ‘MONUMENT TO THE VANQUISHED | PART I | THE COMMONERS’ Leah and writer/researcher Annabel Edwards identified the small pockets of common land that still exist in Shropshire and photographed people who still had common rights there. They interviewed them about their personal stories, commoners’ status, and explored the history and local myths of the land. These stories provide an excellent mechanism for understanding the historic legacy of enclosure and loss of commons. They are a kind of snapshot back into the 17th century. 

The photographs are taken on an analogue medium-format camera with black-and-white film and the subsequent prints are hand-tinted using traditional photographic dyes. The artists used this process to imbue the landscapes, through colour, with a form of magical realism. It is the breaking of this more pagan relationship with the land which Italian feminist historian, Silvia Federici, argues was central to the capitalist expansion and loss of commons. .

This project was commissioned by GRAIN & Meadow Arts.

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MONUMENT TO THE VANQUISHED | PART I | THE COMMONERS
The Digging Season

MPB @ ROOK LANE

Jesse Alexander

Jesse Alexander is a photographer, writer and lecturer based in the Mendips where he has been making work for over a decade. His practice examines the representation of space and place, the discourse of landscape art and how it occupies our culture. He has contributed criticism and commentary on photography and visual culture to publications including Hotshoe, Source, 1000 Words Photography, Photomonitor and is the author of Perspectives on Place: Theory & Practice in Landscape Photography (London: Bloomsbury, 2015). Jesse is currently Course Leader for MA Photography (online) at Falmouth University. 

Photo|Frome will showcase ‘The Digging Season‘, which is the first part of Jesse’s larger exploration of the Somerset Levels. Using topographic photography, still life, drawing and planting, the project examines the intersections of archaeology, ecology and the peat industry on the Somerset Levels. 

St Cuthbert’s Mill supported Jesse’s exhibition by providing the paper for printing.

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MPB @ ROOK LANE

Keerthana Kunnath

Keerthana Kunnath is a London-based Indian artist who uses her artistic medium to initiate conversations around sociocultural issues. Through her practice, she addresses themes such as sexuality, queer, womanhood, and mental health, all of which are topics that are often overlooked in her homeland of South India and the South Asian community at large. Her work seeks to push societal norms around gender and encourage dialogue around these topics. Keerthana uses visual storytelling to unravel the stories of her subjects, while keeping their authenticity and emotions intact. Her art aims to bring attention to and create a safe space for discussing and exploring complex issues, ultimately promoting understanding and awareness.

Born and raised in the South Indian state of Kerala, Keerthana is passionate about challenging the entrenched societal norms that have long constrained the lives of women and girls. She frequently travels back to her homeland to explore the issues that confront her community, with the ultimate goal of inspiring young women to question limitations imposed by society and to forge their paths to fulfillment and purpose.

Keerthana’s work has been recognised and published in numerous reputable publications, such as British Journal of Photography, WePresent, Paper Magazine, UN Women Netherlands x Gemeente Amsterdam, Outernet, and many others. Her art reflects a deep passion for creating spaces for open and honest dialogue around social issues.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

Grandmother
Crude Extracts, Volume 1 (Photobook 'Dummy' Project))

MPB @ ROOK LANE

Jacqueline Ennis-Cole

Jacqueline Ennis-Cole is in the early stages of her practice-led PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where she is the recipient of an ROS Scholarship. Her PhD is focused on the production of photobooks and zine booklets, as a response to climate justice and BP’s ongoing licensing practice. This practice-led research includes bringing awareness and visibility to early histories of onshore oil extraction in the UK. The project’s long-term goal is to revive, restore, and reimagine UK onshore extractive histories for climate justice activists, for present and future generations.

Jacqueline presented a paper ‘Opening Channels of Communication Within the World of Photography‘ on the Zine and Photobooks Panel at the Concerning Photography Conference (2021), partnered by the Paul Mellon Centre & The Photographer’s Gallery. She initiated and co-facilitates a ‘DIY Photobook and Zine Group‘ (2023 – onwards) as a member of London Independent Photographers. Jacqueline graduated with distinction from Sussex University in 2021, MA Art History and Curation with Photography, and from Kingston University in 2020, MA Photography. She also graduated with distinction from UAL Wimbledon in 2017, MA Drawing. She is a recipient of the Poem Brut Commission Award (2019) and was a Mead Fellowship Award Finalist (2018).

Jacqueline has participated in several group exhibitions that include ‘Murmuration II: The Right to Participate’ at Resource for London (2023); ‘Intersectional Geographies: Extraction‘ (2022) curated by Jacqueline at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol (2022); ‘the Coming of Age‘ (2022) curated by Bella Kerr & Amanda Roderick at Fringe Arts Bath; ‘Your Body Belongs to You‘ (2022) at St Gilles Croix de Vie, France; ‘Postcards from Europe‘ (2022) Alison Richard Building, Cambridge; ‘Tracing Elsewhere‘ (2020) at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston- Upon-Thames; ‘Why Do It Together When You Can Do It Alone?‘ (2019) Collective Strategies with the Hemera Collective at The Lewisham Arthouse, London and ‘Cities of Lights Barcelona‘ (2019) at the Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya, Barcelona.

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FROME HERITAGE MUSEUM

Lydia Lutz

Lydia Lutz moved to Frome a year ago to work for the Frome Heritage Museum as a conservator and curator of photographic materials. She specialises in the care and research of photographic archives and is a Fine Art analogue photographer herself. She was most recently exhibited at The Mount Without gallery in Bristol. After completing an MA in Heritage Management through Bath Spa University, she is now working freelance for heritage organisations, galleries, and museums across the Southwest.

Lydia hails from generations of analogue photographers and is passionate about uncovering stories through long-forgotten photographs. Lydia is exhibiting ‘Found Archives: Life in USSR Ukraine’. In January 2023, she purchased a mystery box of negatives online from a man in Ukraine and was surprised to find an unknown family’s vast photographic collection inside. As she watched the family grow and age with each envelope of negatives scanned, Lydia became invested in uncovering more of their story. From family portraits to political marches, this archive has a wide range of truly magnificent images. She is interested in demonstrating how an individual family created a witness and contributed to the history of life in USSR Ukraine. 

Photographic archives are powerful instruments for shaping collective memory.

Found Archives: Life in USSR Ukraine

Round Tower, Black Swan Arts | 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB

Saturday 24 June to Sunday 16 July 10:00–16:00

The Beaford Archive is premiering the early 1970s work of Oscar winning cinematographer Sir Roger Deakins, together with documentation of the impact of Ash Dieback created by artist-photographer Robert Darch. This exhibition presents collections from the first and most recent photographers commissioned by the Beaford Archive and demonstrates how Beaford is actively adopting a new curatorial approach to continuing a living archive.

Men moving sheep between pens at Chumleigh Market, Chumleigh. 1972. 

Round Tower, Black swan Arts

Roger Deakins

Roger was the first artist to work at the Beaford Archive when he took on the commission as a young art school graduate during 1971-72. After a year’s residency at Beaford, he decided to work in moving image and went on to study at the National Film School. Roger is now best known as one of the most prolific and revered cinematographers working in film, being a favourite collaborator of the Coen brothers and Sam Mendes amongst many others. In March 2018. Roger won his first Oscar (from his 14th nomination) for his work on ‘Blade Runner 2049’. He won a second Oscar for ‘1917’ in 2019. And in 2022 he became Sir Roger Deakins, the first cinematographer to receive this honour.

Roger Deakins / Beaford Archive. © Beaford Archive. website

Round Tower, Black swan Arts

Robert Darch

Robert Darch is a British artist-photographer based in the Southwest of England. He has published and exhibited widely, and his photographs reside in public and private collections. Robert is an associate lecturer in Photography at Plymouth University. His practice is motivated by the experience of place, in which the physical geography and material cultures of places merge with impressions from contemporary culture that equally influence perception. In 2020 Robert was commissioned by the Devon Wildlife Trust and Beaford Arts to make an artistic response ‘æscto Ash Dieback in Devon. The work forms part the ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes’ project,  led by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf on the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum.  It is a partnership project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, ‘One Tree Planted’ and Tesco ‘Bags of Help’. This is the first photographic work that has been commissioned for consideration in the Beaford Archive in over 30 years. Robert Darch / Beaford Archive. © Beaford Archive. website
æsc series

The Whittox Gallery | Whittox Lane, Frome BA11 3BY

Saturday 24 June to Sunday 16 July. Tuesday to Saturdays 9:00–16:00. Sundays 10:00–16:00. Closed Mondays
Rise for Bayelsa

THE WHITTOX GALLERY

Arteh Odjidja

Arteh Odjidja is an award-winning photographer and educator specialising in portraiture and fine art photography. He has had the privilege of speaking and exhibiting his work throughout the UK and US. Arteh considers London his home but also draws inspiration from his West African heritage. London is where he completed his degree in graphic design at the University of the Arts. Growing up with a father working in the filmmaking industry, Arteh developed an early fascination with the creative process. He took to photography soon after he was gifted a camera by his mother at age 10, and as a professional photographer has been commissioned to create work for some of the world’s most recognised brands. He is also an Akademie ambassador for Leica Camera. 

Arteh’s passion to make a positive impact with his work has led him to explore personal projects aiming to challenge our sense of privilege and equality in a transient, fast-paced, modern socio-economic world. His work has been exhibited extensively in the US and the UK, at the likes of the Tate Modern, The British Museum, London City Hall, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Arteh also speaks at universities and colleges hoping to inspire young creatives.

His exhibition ‘Rise for Bayelsa’ highlights the campaign to stop oil spillages and other environmental degradation in the Nigerian delta area.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

THE WHITTOX GALLERY

UK Black Female Photographers

UK Black Female Photographers – UKBFTOG – presents ‘Living the Dream. This group exhibition celebrates culture, creativity, and womanhood through the lens of Black female photographers. While continuing to strive for fairness and equality UKBFTOG members also recognise they are their “ancestors’ wildest dreams”. Originally exhibiting images of 51 photographers, this selection of Living the Dream displays various interpretations around the topic identity. The imagemakers acknowledge their perspective can challenge as well as deconstruct socially conditioned biases involving Blackness. With the display, the photographers seek to stimulate next generations and to pay tribute to inspirational women, and supportive men, from past and present.

Shown here is Nurturer by Hasna Tayyar, a British Jamaican/Turkish Cypriot digital and analogue photographer. Hasna’s work highlights her relationships and emotional connections with those around her through documenting her ongoing exploration of her identity and womanhood. 

UKBFTOG, a registered CIC, is a photography community offering UK based Black female photographers of all levels of experience a safe and welcoming space, both online and offline, to connect, support each other and to co-develop their practice.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

Hasna Tayyar - Nurturer

Gallery at The Station | Station Approach, Frome BA11 1RE

Friday 23 June to Friday 8 July 10:00–16:00
Heaven and Cyanide

GALLERY AT THE STATION

Intersectional Matter: Waste

This is a group exhibition curated by Jacqueline Ennis Cole. Jacqueline is an artist-activist engaging with wider perspectives on diaspora, intergenerational sites, and climate justice through a practice-led Ph.D. at the Slade School of Art in London, UK, as a recipient of a UCL-ROS Scholarship, 2023. This public presentation is the second iteration of her intersectional climate justice-related curatorial programme. Her initial curated group exhibition Intersectional Geographies : Extraction was shown at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol (2022).

The exhibition features 25 nationally and internationally acclaimed photographers, which comprises Vanessa Winship, Mandy Barker, Laura Pannack, Graham Silveria Martin, Wendy Aldiss, Alan Conteh, Peter Coles, John Darwell, Mieke Strand, Patricia and Angus Macdonald, Miharu Micha, Keleenna Onyeaka, George Dyer, Sean Wyatt, Kim Shaw, George Georgiou, Imogen Bloor, Naomi James, Sabes Sugunasabesan, Tilaxan Tharmapalan, Armelle Skatulski, Colin Buttimer, Mike Perry, David Birkin, and Lucas Gabellini-Fava.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ARTISTS AND THEIR WORK HERE

Shown here is the work one of those photographers, Laura Pannack from her series ‘chapter 1: Youth without age and life without death. The project questions our relationship with time and what it means to ‘waste’ time. The image takes inspiration from the tale that references the dark and the light, heaven and earth, good and evil. Laura is a London based photographic artist renowned for her portraiture and social documentary work. She is driven by research led, self-initiated projects that push her to grow both as an artist and as an individual, and she largely works with analogue film and chance that supports organic ways of working.

Laura’s website

GALLERY AT THE STATION

Clementine Wilson

Clementine Wilson is a social documentary photographer living in Somerset with her two young sons. 17 years ago, she completed a degree in editorial photography. Whilst on that course she started living with a New Age Traveller community because the cost of living was even then unaffordable. She began a project entitled ‘No Fixed Abode’ which looks at social housing problems in the UK and the people affected, which she continues today.

Clementine has been recording families and individuals living on Traveller sites, scrublands, warehouses, and squats across the country. Some were born into this lifestyle, with Gypsy and Romany heritage, while others have chosen this way of life so they could live communally and retain a sense of freedom. A recurring reason for living this lifestyle was also the cost of living. Her project has since grown across the UK and Europe as she documented horse drawn communities, Irish Traveller and Romany communities and the refugee camps in France and Romania.

Some of those photographed have moved into social housing but have then struggled to adapt and in turn suffered from depression and feelings of isolation on being separated from their communities.  Some have been racially attacked by their new settled neighbours. 

Clementine has recently seen an increase in numbers of people living on the roadside in vans, caravans and even tents because of the cost-of-living crisis. She feels a duty to bring about awareness and hopes one day to evoke change. As a photographer, Clementine believes that her work gives candid insight into the deprivation and alienation endured by these communities.

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Printing supported by Fujifilm UK, by Digitalab on new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper MAXIMA.

No Fixed Abode

Makers’ Yard | 37 Lower Keyford, Frome BA11 4AR

Wednesday 28 June to Friday 7 July 10:00–16:00. Weekdays only

Celia D. Luna - 5 year old Yamily likes to hike with her mother. El Alto, Bolivia.

MAKERS’ YARD

MOON – Women Photograph

As part of this year’s festival, Makers’ Yard curated MOON, partnering with Women Photograph to create a provocative new photography exhibition featuring 26 women and non-binary photographers from around the world.

Tapping into the festival’s theme of ‘Decolonising Environments’ on a curatorial level, the show represents the mission of Women Photograph; to shift the makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that the industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.

Exhibiting are Alejandra Aragón, Alena Zhandarova, Amanda Lopez, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Celia D. Luna, Charlotte Yonga, Christina Stohn, Eva O’Leary, Gabriella Achadinha, Huiying Ore, Jane Stockdale, Jenny Irene Miller, Jesse Mireles, Jessica Antola, Judith Erwes, Laura Pannack, Lauren Bamford, Lauren Crew, Lydia Garnett, Lydia Metral, Mahnoor Malik, Patricia Voulgaris, Honey Long + Prue Stent, Sophie Green, Tamara Abdul Hadi and Yumna Al Arashi.

Makers’ Yard is an artist-run project space in Frome, Somerset. Their methodology that is deliberately multifaceted, exploring the space between creating work as artists, curating and facilitating the work of others and building a grassroots community space for contemporary culture.

Women Photograph is a non-profit that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women* and non-binary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,400 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries. Women Photograph operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and collects data on hiring and publishing statistics in the visual media industry. 

We believe that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people‘.

Frome Library | Justice Lane, Frome BA11 1BE

Saturday 24 June to Wednesday 12 July 9:30–17:00. Saturday until 16:00, closed Sunday

FROME LIBRARY

Student Exhibition

Students from the University of the West of England (UWE) curate and produce an exciting group show, which will also include students from Frome College.

30 UWE students participated in project ‘Hot Potato’ as part of this year’s course. Each student wrote a brief against our Decolonising Environments theme, and then another student executed it. Total collaboration, and fascinating creative results.

Nicolas Gruzdev Hot potato poster small
Nicolas Gruzdev

Frome Library | Justice Lane, Frome BA11 1BE

Saturday 24 June to Wednesday 12 July 9:30–17:00. Saturday until 16:00, closed Sunday

FROME LIBRARY

Open Book Call Exhibition

Photo|Frome is offering our first award for best photobook in 2023’s Open Book Call. Books entered will be on display for public perusal at the Frome Library for the duration of the festival.

Winners will be announced in the afternoon of Saturday, 1 July at the Symposium.

 

Frome Town Hall | Christchurch St W, Frome BA11 1EB

Tuesday 4 July to Wednesday 12 July 10:00–16:00

FROME TOWN HALL

Local photographers

An interpretation of the festival theme by photographers from Frome Wessex Photographic, one of the region’s most successful and longstanding camera groups, and other local photographers.

More details soon.

Photo: Steve Hawkins - In The Way

23 Bath Street | Frome BA11 1DJ

Saturday 24 June to Sunday 16 July. Wednesday to Friday: 17:00–Late. Saturday: 12:00–Late. Sunday: 12:00–20:00. Closed Monday/Tuesday

Tessa Salt

23 BATH STREET

Student exhibition

23 Bath Street will be transformed into a gallery space to showcase some incredible work by the shortlisted students from the Photo Frome Student Awards. This exhibition is being curated by Amber Mylius-King, a fellow artist who is currently completing her BA in Documentary Photography and Print at boomsatsuma in Bristol and staged by Frome Photographer, Ramona Carraro

The all-student group exhibition will feature Lynn Templar, Tessa Holly, Dawna Mueller, Conor Ashlee-Purle and Weronika Pasadyn whose work all have an important message to convey.

Powerful stories that not only captivate and intrigue viewers, but also embark on a mission to push boundaries. With a plethora of compelling themes such as identity, reclamation and re-connection with the environment, disrupting societal norms; the artists put forward cogent and compelling stories through their art that need to be told and definitely must be heard and experienced. 

Of Cabbages & Kings | 5 Cork Street, Frome BA11 1BL

Saturday 24 June to Saturday 15 July. Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00. Closed Sunday/Monday

OF CABBAGES & KINGS

Rod Higginson

A good photographer, like a good painter, will create work in an identifiable and individual manner, having over a period of time developed a sense of personal understanding and interpretation of the chosen subject matter.

Somerset photographer Rod Higginson has chosen to work almost exclusively in monochrome, using only natural light. He finds it interesting to create drama in sometimes the simplest of subjects – landscape, rural life, street scenes and interiors.

Rod offers an alternative view to engage the viewer in a familiar subject, in a personal way. He has the ability to interpret this subject in such a way that the photographer becomes as important as the subject, and the viewer may also be required to find missing detail when an area of the subject appears to be in darkness.

Rod’s work has developed an enthusiastic following on social media and amongst the Leica community.

Watchet, Somerset
Dominion and Dandelions

OF CABBAGES & KINGS

Anjalika Baier

Anjalika has been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for the past 10 years.  Her main passion is for camera-less techniques like cyanotype, cyanolumen, lumen prints and phytograms.

Although Anjalika might have an idea in mind, she is a fan of experimentation to see what works and what doesn’t. To work intuitively is a lot more fun, offering creative discovery and joy.

Humans have seen weeds as a problem since the dawn of agriculture, but with this series ‘Dominion and Dandelions’ Anjalika champions the humble weed. Cardboard, commonly used in gardens to suppress weeds, becomes a canvas to display their beauty and to highlight their ecological value.

Frome Heritage Museum | North Parade, Frome BA11 1AT

Saturday 24 June to Saturday 15 July 10:00–14:00. Sunday 2 July, 10:00–14:00. Not open other Sundays or Mondays

Faces of Frome

FROME HERITAGE MUSEUM

Faces of Frome

In 2022, in partnership with the Frome Independent, Photo|Frome offered free digital portraits via a student-run pop-up studio on market day. This will be repeated in 2023, at the Frome Independent outside of the Frome Library on Sunday, 2 July. 

For the duration of Photo|Frome, the Frome Heritage Museum is pleased to present the photographic archive from the 2022 pop-up studio. The museum will also be specially open on market day, Sunday, 2 July.

Come and see your friends and family! 

 

The River House | At Black Swan Arts | 2 Bridge St , Frome BA11 1BB

Projects | 7 The Bridge,  Frome BA11 1AR

La Strada | 13 Cheap St,  Frome BA11 1BN

Saturday 24 June – Sunday 16 July, regular café opening hours

Coffee @ Photo|Frome

Photo | Frome is delighted to welcome the participation and involvement of three of our favourite local independent coffee shops. Projects, River House & Café la Strada will each have exhibitions related to coffee growing, coffee tasting, coffee production & cafés across the world.

These historic photographs are from the collection of Lockhart Murdoch, who ran the One A Photography gallery, now sadly closed. Some are press photographs. Many were taken in the field in places as varied as Brazil & Central America, Kenya, Uganda & Ivory Coast and numerous Asian countries. There are also café scenes from Continental Europe and the UK. All photographs are original, silver gelatine printed images.

Drop by and enjoy a tea or coffee, sample the cakes, treats and delicious food that all of these venues offer whilst being surrounded by fascinating photographs of bygone eras.

OUTDOOR

Frome Library | Justice Lane, Frome BA11 1BE

Saxonvale Hoardings | Garsdale, Frome BA11 4RX

Saturday 24 June – Sunday 16 July

Outdoor by T HOUSE

We want to make photography accessible to the public every day of Photo|Frome. So, by taking over exterior wall space in the town, breaking free from the constraints of the usual gallery environment, the public will be see the work of Italian photographic collective T HOUSE.

The group is comprised of Hugo Weber, Alex Zoboli and Angelo Leonardo from Milan whose guerilla-style paste-up work was showcased during The Rencontre d’Arles in 2022. They will be joined by Frome photographer Tim Gander.

Each of their four projects documents people and places on the margins of what the majority of people accept as ‘normal’ within Western society. And each of the four projects uses a different approach to reveal how their subjects live on the margins of ‘normal’ society and the impact such societies have on both the built and natural environment. Taken together, they also prompt us to think about our own positions in the world as individuals and how we shape and are shaped by where we live. It is an exchange which we cannot break, each constantly informing the other.

MORE DETAILS HERE

T HOUSE - Alex Zoboli