Photography Matters


Photography Matters is a one-day OCA conference to be held at CAST, Doncaster, South Yorkshire on Saturday 21 May 2016.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Mark Durden, academic, artist and author of many books including Photography Today.

It seeks to map out areas for discussion in photography’s relationship to the everyday lived experience, visual culture, evolving technology, archiving and history, news media, education at all levels and public perception.

Speakers at the conference include –

Les Monaghan, OCA tutor, on making art photography for public audiences

Keith Roberts, OCA tutor, on family portraits and the returned gaze

Derek Trillo, OCA tutor, on exploring notions of time through experimental photography

Dawn Woolley, OCA tutor, on selfies, consumer culture and identity

Rachel Smith, OCA tutor,on the materiality of the photograph

A pop-up exhibition of OCA tutor work will also be displayed in CAST during the conference.

Tickets are £40/£20 OCA students including lunch and tea or coffee. The ticket office is 01302 303959. Quote your OCA student number.The event will last from 10am – 4pm.

Doncaster is very well connected by train, it is 1hour and 40 minutes from London Kings Cross, 1 hour 25 minutes from Newcastle, and 1 hour 20 minutes from Manchester. By road it is served by the A1(M) and M18 motorways linking to the M62 and M1.

Image credit:Les Monaghan, ‘I want peace and harmony in the world’, from the series, The Desire Project, 2015-16.


  1. Yiann Stevens C 16 March 2016 at 10:39 am

    And around 6 hrs from Aberdeen, 3-4 hrs from Edinburgh/Glasgow.

    1. dougslr 16 March 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Excellent Joanne – Thanks. Please separate out each speaker if you can so we can watch in bite (byte) size bits (Sorry for that). I find these recordings extremely beneficial and useful. Tx

      About 20 hours from here and GBP500 🙂

    2. emmapocock 16 March 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Brilliant, I was just going to ask if it would be recorded 🙂

    3. Yiann Stevens C 16 March 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for the link Joanne!
      Looking forward to the conference’s film, invaluable for many, even those down the road.

    4. penelope514985 17 March 2016 at 8:32 pm

      That will be great! Although I’m only just down the road I have another event in Manchester that day, so it will be great to catch up on recordings afterwards.

  2. Jesse 17 March 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Really looking forward to the OCA’s first proper symposium – thank you very much particularly to Les for organising.

    Clearly the OCA will never manage to cater for everyone’s geographic needs and it is great that videos are made available when possible. The centrality of Doncaster to the majority of our students, and the infrastructure here, is a credit to the organisation of the event.

    Also, I hope that plenty of non-photographers will be interested in attending too…

    Looking forward to it 🙂

  3. annag1611 17 March 2016 at 8:29 pm

    … or even Exeter / Plymouth?

  4. Nicola 18 March 2016 at 2:33 am

    I am considering an MA course through OCA when the time is right – juggling my full time job at International school. How much would it cost to watch the video of this talk for a non-student? It sounds fab. The price for students is very reasonable. I am based in Asia, so could not attend. Thanks.

    1. Jesse 23 March 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Nicola, at the moment we don’t have a ‘pay per view’ facility for non-students, but thank you – this is an excellent idea! I would like to be able to get you access if this is possible, particularly if it gives you a sense of what the OCA community is like. There will no doubt be a post on this blog following the event summarising the day, before the videos are made available. If you would like to contact me at at that point I will see what might be possible.

  5. Vicki M 18 March 2016 at 6:25 am

    It looks really interesting, and a huge step forward in OCA offerings. Going to work out the logistics and see whether I can make it. Any recommendations for hotels nearby, as I might have to stay before and after…which of course will impact on whether I can attend.

    1. Les Monaghan 22 March 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Regent Hotel is five minutes walk away from CAST, Earl of Doncaster is ten, Premier Inn is closer to the railway station across from the minster, other hotels and B&Bs available too.

  6. teresalanham 18 March 2016 at 10:03 am

    Looks really interesting and depending on dog logistics I may try to get to it. Well done for organising too.

  7. jsumb 21 March 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Looking forward to this

  8. Catherine 22 March 2016 at 11:23 am

    Great news and I’m so pleased to hear that the event will be filmed.

  9. Sarah G 22 March 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I’m booked on too, looking forwards to it and to catching up with fellow students

  10. kunsworthphotography 23 March 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Please can you advise of the times for this? I would like to come but I’m 2hrs away and have to be back in the evening for a family event

    1. Les Monaghan 24 March 2016 at 1:36 pm

      We are aiming for 1000 – 1630 with a break for lunch, and probably another for a cuppa later

  11. Rob™ 24 March 2016 at 7:36 am

    I’ll only be able to make a decision about attending at the last minute, but this sounds like it could be most interesting… (it’s around the time when all the MA work needs to be in, so might be a touch busy)

  12. lynda512863 30 March 2016 at 7:21 am

    Brilliant! Looking forward to seeing the video (from Canada).

  13. Les Monaghan 9 May 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Unfortunately Greg Hobson has had to pull out of speaking at Photography Matters. I’ll be blogging on the other speakers this week.


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