Bodleian Library reports on recent acquisitions

Bodleian Library reports on recent acquisitions

The Bodleian Library has reported on some of its photography acquisitions over the past two years via a series of posts on X - formerly Twitter - from its photography curator Phillip Roberts. He highlighted the following, which he says are are all available to view with a library card. He adds that exhibitions from some of the material are likely over the next few years.


  • a set of prints from Jim Mortram'‘s Small Town Inertia project, along with films and podcasts
  • a set of prints by Dafydd Jones, showing Oxford students in the 1980s
  • a vast collection of vintage vintage news photos by Kenyan photojournalist Mohamed Amin who documented every political crisis in Africa for forty years (see image above)
  • a sequence of 350-odd photos documenting the unfolding Tiananmen Square protests by Edgar Huang, taken from among the protesters themselves
  • a handmade one-of-a-kind artist’s book by Deborah Parkin using cyanotypes to explore her father's death
  • the complete archive of master portraitist Bern Schwartz
  • the complete archive of Paddy Summerfield, 'Oxford’s greatest ever photographer'
  • The Wilson Collection. 200 boxes of masterpieces from the late-19th and early-20th century. The early history of photography, told with a global focus
  • the Handsworth Self-Portraits from Ten-8 which set up a studio on the street in Birmingham and let everyone who walked past photograph themselves. This is the only complete record of the project (left)
  • every Cafe Royal book there, now and in the future. A vast history of British photography in 600+ books
  • 2000+ modernist photobooks collected by Charles Chadwick-Healey
  • part of the archive of portrait photographer Pamela Chandler
  • Pictures From the Garden, an intimate collective study of Paddy Summerfield’s world, by Alex Schneiderman, Sian Davey, Alys Tomlinson, Jem Southam, et al
  • Victorian cat photographs by Harry Pointer
  • 6,000 dog photographs from the 19th century
  • Lewis Bush's Depravity's Rainbow project
  • Gary Fabian Miller's books
  • Brian Heseltine's photograpphs of the Caribbean from the 1950s
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson in Oxford

BPH also understands that there is other photography heading the way of the Bodleian including a British Magnum photographer's archive and another thematic collection. 

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