Photo Oxford: Pictures from the Garden

Oxford based photographer Paddy Summerfield published his first book Mother and Father in 2015, a photographic essay that quickly became a seminal text of domestic photography. Over the course of some twenty years he photographed his parents as they grew older, declined and disappeared.

Pictures from the Garden features the work of seven leading documentary photographers including; Vanessa Winship, Sian Davey, Matthew Finn, Alys Tomlinson, Jem Southam, Nik Roche and Alex Schneideman. Each photographer has responded to Summerfield’s original photography. The exhibition, curated by Clare Grafik of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the first time that this body has been shown together.

Pictures from the Garden will open as part of Photo Oxford 2023 and will also feature some of Summerfield’s original prints alongside the new works.

Exhibition Opening

Friday 21 April 6-8pm
Join some of the photographers of Pictures from the Garden for the launch of the exhibition. Places are limited; please RSVP to Nicky Laird on

Book launch and garden visit

Saturday 22 April
Book Launch and signing 12.30-2.30 pm

We are celebrating the publication of Pictures from the Garden with an informal panel discussion and Q&A with the publisher Dewi Lewis, Alex Schneideman and some of the photographers. You will be able to purchase signed copies of Pictures from the Garden as well as signed and rare copies of Paddy Summerfield’s previous publications. Free event / Book here

Garden Visit 2.45-4pm

Following the book launch, please join us for a short walk to the garden that was the scene for both Paddy Summerfield’s seminal book Mother and Father and the new book Pictures from the Garden. Visitors will be free to explore the garden. We will gather at The North Wall and set off promptly at 2.45pm. Free event / Book here







Photo Oxford: Pictures from the Garden


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Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm, Sat: 12pm – 4pm
Closed: Sun and Bank Holidays

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