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MPB @ Rook Lane Chapel

Presented by MPB, the leading platform for photographers and videographers to trade equipment. The exhibition showcased eight very different world-class practitioners and also hosted the winners of the Student Awards. The exhibition boards were specially designed by MVB Architects, owner of Rook Lane Chapel. Photographs by Jesse Alexander.

Student Awards @ Rook Lane Chapel

Photo|Frome is proud to launch our inaugural Student Awards, with prizes sponsored by MPB, the largest global platform to buy, sell and trade used photo and video gear. The Student Awards welcomed projects of all genre and styles of photography, and any photographic processes, that reflect the 2023 theme, Decolonising Environments.

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.

Gallery at The Station – ‘Intersectional Matter: Waste

This is a group exhibition curated by Jacqueline Ennis Cole. 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.

The Whittox Gallery – Arteh Odjidja and UK Black Female Photographers

Arteh Odjidja exhibited ‘Rise for Bayelsa’ highlighting the campaign to stop oil spillages and other environmental degradation in the Nigerian delta area.

UK Black Female Photographers  (UKBFTOG) presents ‘Living the Dream. This group exhibition celebrates culture, creativity, and womanhood through the lens of Black female photographers. 

Black Swan Arts – Roger Deakins & Robert Darch

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.

Makers’ Yard – ‘Moon

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.

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.

Outdoor – T House & Tim Gander

Photo|Frome is delighted to present yet another first – outdoor exhibitions. These are imagined and curated by T House, a travelling collective of photographic exhibition curators from Milan, Italy. The group consists of Hugo Weber, Alex Zoboli and Angelo Leonardo, joined by Frome photographer Tim Gander. 

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 was repeated in 2023. For the duration of Photo|Frome, the Frome Heritage Museum presented the photographic archive from the 2022 pop-up studio.

Frome Library – Open Book Call Exhibition

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

Frome Library – University of West of England (UWE)

30 students from the University of the West of England (UWE) curated and produced a group show based on  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.

Frome Library – Frome College Exhibition

Local Frome College students created new work on the Festival’s ‘Decolonising Environments‘ theme.

Local Photographers at Frome Town Hall

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.

Student Exhibition at 23 Bath Street

23 Bath Street is 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

Of Cabbages & Kings – Anjalika Baier & Rod Higginson

Humans have seen weeds as a problem since the dawn of agriculture, but with this series ‘Dominion and DandelionsAnjalika Baier  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.

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.

Coffee @ Photo|Frome

Frome’s leading independent coffee shops (La Strada, Riverhouse and Projects) all put on a special exhibition of Lockhart Murdoch’s collection of coffee-oriented photographs.