Guest Blog: Portrait Photographer Tom Oldham on Why Photography Needs To Be Experienced at Exhibitions Not Just Seen on Screens

It’s fairly self-explanatory but this film, by Tom Stewart, relates to the importance and the value of seeing work in the physical, the craft of engineering an exhibition, generating the prints and frames with experts that have been handling artists’ work for decades and why any photographer bothers to put himself through such a potentially calamitous experience.


It could be argued that it makes very little sense to do this: it’s expensive, incredibly time-consuming, any successes are largely unquantifiable, it’s stressful and worrisome. But since when could you apply logic to art in that way?




I believe you have to put work out in the public domain and invite opinion, feedback and criticism in order to find out how those other than your own fragile self perceive it. The film shows that process and for me, it completes a process that started in the back of a pick up truck in Lesotho in 2009.


It was quite well-received in the press though, which was a relief:


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Tom Oldham is a London based portrait photographer. He made his name shooting young and emerging bands and finally progressed to capturing sporting talent for brands like Puma and Adidas and today shoots portraits for a big range of commercial brands and socially-conscious clients all over the globe. Tom is also a Hasselblad Ambassador.