St John's College Oxford

The Daily Grind - Artisans, Workers and Peons

Work is a daily reality for many and focusing on it shows not only candid humanity, but also the variety of work and the conditions under which it is performed.

In this exhibition three photographers look with curious, humorous and compassionate eyes at people and their daily realities in different countries; depicting contrasting work ethics and environments.

Bharat Patel is an Oxford based photographer working with NGOs and International charities. His images of those toiling under unimaginable conditions in India and elsewhere have been displayed in various exhibitions and awareness campaigns.

Natalie Egling is a London-based travel writer from Johannesburg. Her photographs are mostly taken while on assignment and act as field notes shot to help her to remember the sensation of exploring different countries and cultures when she’s back home in front of a blank computer screen. Her writing can be found in women’s-interest titles such as ELLE and ELLE Decoration, and she is also contributing travel editor at Glass and Glass Online.

Uwe Ackermann is a Professor Emeritus of Physiology, living in Oxford. His images of Cuba and Haiti were subjects of recent exhibitions in this gallery. His series, “People at Work” was inspired by the desire to show subjects who are not primarily absorbed in presenting the right look to the world. Uwe is a member of the Oxford Photographic Society and a trustee of Photo Oxford.

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The exhibition runs from 5 to 19 August. 

Opening hours:
10am – 4pm

The Daily Grind