Academic takes part in Cowley Road Carnival photography exhibition

Monday, 22 August 2016

Irmgard Huppe Egghead Twins

An academic at Oxford Brookes University is taking part in a photography exhibition highlighting the history the Cowley Road Carnival at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

The exhibition contains work from photographers including Teaching Fellow Irmgard Hüppe, and shows three personal perspectives of the characters and community, highlights and history of the carnival which has become Oxfordshire’s largest community festival. 

The photographs taken by Irmgard and photographers Jim Robinson and Chris Stonehouse, capture moments from the last 15 years. 

Irmgard grew up in Germany, has lived in England since 1993, and off the Cowley Road since 1999. She has taken photographs since childhood and in the exhibition, Irmgard presents images taken from seven different years of Cowley Road Carnival. She said: “Cowley Road Carnival provides me with a fantastic opportunity to take pictures of people in a truly multi-cultural surrounding at its very best.

In my Cowley Road Carnival pictures, I try to capture as many of the manifold aspects of the carnival, including the atmosphere and interaction which takes place at every moment…capturing whatever caught my eye.

Irmgard Hüppe, Teaching Fellow, Oxford Brookes University

“In my Cowley Road Carnival pictures, I try to capture as many of the manifold aspects of the carnival, including the atmosphere and interaction which takes place at every moment…capturing whatever caught my eye. 

“All I hope is that a little bit of the enjoyment I felt when taking the pictures rubs off on the viewers of this little exhibition.”

Visitors to the exhibition can glimpse the origins of the Cowley Road Carnival back in 1986 and the first carnival as it is today in 2001 and 2002. The exhibition is open now and will be at the Old Fire Station, Gloucester Green, Oxford until 24 September.

In 2016, Oxford Brookes University once again sponsored the carnival and this year, the University’s presence had a particular focus on health to coincide with celebrating 125 years of nurse education in Oxford. 

More about Cowley Road Carnival, including information on how to sponsor, donate and get involved in fundraising, can be found at www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk.

Image: Egghead twins from 2008 by Irmgard Hüppe.