Anthony Dawton photography

Art at Oxford Saïd - Exhibition talk: Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane

About the event

Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane will be in conversation with the School's curator, Lizzie Collins, to open the School's new Art exhibition.

This talk will provide insight into the work of these two photographers whose project Hotel Zaatari forms part of the exhibition ‘Contrasting Arabia’ being held at the school from September 2018-December 2018.

A contemporary photographic and film journey through the Zaatari Refugee Camp photographed by Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane – filmed by Mais Salman and Zaid Baqaeen in contrast with the mid-20th-century photographs of Wilfred Thesiger.

Anthony Dawton is a London based award-winning commercial photographer, winning the Fuji Industrial Photographer of the Year, amongst others and he was photographer in resident for the iconic arts magazine Funoon Arabia.

Jim McFarlane is an Australian based commercial photographer who has been awarded by The Melbourne Art Director’s Club and received the Oriental Fine Print award. His expertise covers a wide range of subjects including food, dance, people and annual reports.

In 2010 Anthony Dawton, along with his colleague Jim McFarlane, entered Gaza in the wake of the Israeli “incursion” the previous year, to photograph the effect on young people and the challenging landscape that they and their families were living in. Photographs taken during his time in Gaza form a part of the Children of Gaza Exhibition project that has currently raised over $250,000 for Save the Children projects in Gaza.

In 2013 the same duo entered what is now the largest refugee camp in the world, Camp Zaatari. The resulting images and film known as the Hotel Zaatari Project are now on display at the Saïd Business School.

Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane are co-founders of Mindseye:

About Art at Saïd

In addition to this talk, the School is running an Art Programme throughout the year supported by a series of weekly tours. Each tour is an opportunity to learn more about the art at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The art on display represents some of the most exciting visual movements in British art from the 20th Century to the present day; from the birth of modernism with the St. Ives School to the emergence of Pop Art and pure abstraction of the late 20th Century and present day.

The exhibition has been chosen to reflect the ethos and values of Oxford Saïd and to act as a visual equivalent of creative thinking, excellence and innovation.