Our amazing team of OneOak photographers has been joined by another photographer: Simon Murison-Bowie. Simon works only in medium format and in black & white film.
Simon has been interested in photography since he was a teeneager when he set up his first darkroom in a garden shed. As an undergraduate at Cambridge he worked for the university newspaper Varsity and became the photographic manager during his final year. Photography then took second place to the need to earn a living, He worked for over 30 years with Oxford University Press as a publisher of academic and educational titles for international markets, and initiated video and electronic publishing for the Press.
Returning to a more serious involvement with photogaphy in the early 1990s, he continued with black-and-white, film-based photograph, which he still uses. He also began to curate a series of exhibitions of photography creating a gallery space in the redeveloped offices of OUP—34 exhibitions from 1993 to 1998. He has since exhibited regularly and in 2008 published Fragments, a book of photographs shown in the previous year during Oxfordshire Artweeks for which he was awarded the Mary Moser Prize.
This year, 2012, he completed a project photographing artists and craftspeople in their studios and workshops. The resulting 150 photographs were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford and The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury in celebration of the the 30th anniversary of Oxfordshire Artweeks, who, with Arts Council England, sponsored the exhibition and the accompanying book Artists and Studios: Private Views. He has also published several articles on photographic issues and has an ongoing research project on European photography in the period 1917–1929.
The OneOak project has been supported by the following very talented photographers, all of whom have volunteered their time very generously: