Dr. Lena Fritsch

is a specialist in Japanese photography, and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford). Prior to joining the Ashmolean in 2017, she worked at Tate Modern and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Fritsch’s monographs on photography include Ravens & Red Lipstick. Japanese Photography since 1945 (released in English by Thames & Hudson in 2018 and in Japanese by Seigensha in 2019), an English-language version of Daido Moriyama’s Tales of Tono (Tate Publishing, 2012), The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s (Georg Olms, 2011), and Yasumasa Morimura’s Self-Portraits as Actress (VDM, 2008). Fritsch studied Art History, Japanese Studies, and English Studies at Bonn University, Germany and Keio University, Tokyo.

Jeremy Mogford

Jeremy, a Trustee since 2015, holds a Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, owns the Old Bank and Old Parsonage Hotels as well as Gees Restaurant in Oxford. His support of the arts goes back to his Directorship and sponsorship of the Discerning Eye Arts Exhibition (1995-1997), his sponsorship to re-establish the Oxford Literary Festival in 1995 and his founding in 2013 and ongoing sponsorship of the annual short story competition, The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing. Jeremy has chaired ROX (Backing Oxford Business) since 1999 and OHSA (Oxford High Street Assocociation) since 2008. He is an avid collector of 20th Century British Art and Photography.

Richard Ovenden

Richard is Bodley's Librarian, which is the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries. He has worked and published as a professional librarian since 1985 and has been associated with many prestigious libraries. Richard sits on the Board of Research Libraries UK and of the Consortium of European Research Libraries, is a Trustee of the Krazsna Kraus Foundation, of Chawton House Library, and of the Victoria County History for Oxfordshire, and is currently President of the Digital Preservation Coalition, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, He holds a He has been instrumental in bringing to the Bodleian the archives of noted photographers like William Henry Fox Talbot.

Paul Inman, Chair

Paul is Pro Vice Chancellor, and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University, one of the UK’s leading modern, business-facing universities. Before entering academia Paul had a successful career as a filmmaker and television producer. As Dean he now heads up internationally recognised teaching, research and knowledge transfer in Architecture, Planning, Construction, Fine Art, Film, Music, Publishing, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Digital Media.

Sir Brian Pomeroy, CBE

Brian was the Senior Partner of Deloitte Consulting until 1999 when he took up a number of public, private and voluntary sector appointments. From 2007 to 2013 he was Chair of the Photographers’ Gallery in London. He holds an MA in Photography and is an active photographer (ARPS) and collector of photographs and photo-books. He is Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, which awards photography and moving-image book prizes, and has been a member of the Royal Photographic Society’s Awards Committee.

Uwe Ackermann

Uwe's professional life was that of a physiologist. In retirement he is an amateur photographer, living and exhibiting in Oxford. His special interest is in creating in Oxford a hub that is powered by the tension and dialogue between photographers who continue in the tradition of describing the world around them, and those artists who create novel visual ideas in a medium where almost everything that can be photographed has already been photographed.

Benet Slay

Benet is an entrepreneur and businessman with expertise focused on developing strategy and effective operational execution that challenges conventional boundaries. This expertise was developed both in large businesses and in start-up organisations primarily in the UK, Western Europe and the USA. He has had a lifelong interest in photography.

Bob Price

Bob Price was the Leader of Oxford City Council and Board Member for Arts and Culture for ten years up to 2018. Since retiring, he has represented the arts and culture community on the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and sits on the Boards of several arts organisations.

Mark Alexander

Mark should really have become a photographer, but ended up in medicine. The nearest equivalent in that profession is, of course, that of a Radiologist working with the full range of cameras to image inside the body – MRI, CT, ultrasound, x-rays and functional imaging, which he has practised for 30 years.

Danielle Battigelli, Festival Director

Danielle has worked in the non-for-profit arts sector since 2005, following 15 years as a solicitor specialising in charities and intellectual property. With an MA in Arts Policy & Management from Birkbeck, University of London, and extensive experience as a trustee of different arts charities, including Magdalen Road Studios, she has led, advised on and contributed to a wide range of arts projects. These include being Executive Director for Cowley Road Carnival and work with the History of Science Museum in Oxford. She has a life-long interest in photography, stemming from strong family involvement in the art.