Internationally acclaimed photographer and Gallery Oldham artist in residence Ian Beesley delivers a talk and demonstration to coincide with his exhibition on his work with the huge industrial process camera made by Hunter Penrose. 


Who is it for?

Ths event is for anyone interested in history, vintage camera techniques or the extraordinary.

Big Big Camera

The extraordinary ‘Big Big Camera’ has long been in the collections of Gallery Oldham.  This camera was originally housed at Rome Mill in Springhead, where it was used by a company manufacturing wallpaper. Large process cameras were made specifically for the printing industry and consequently once installed were rarely moved again.

Over the last two years, artist and photographer Ian Beesley has been working to repurpose this industrial relic. After cleaning and repairing the camera the most important challenge for Ian was using a camera that was designed for huge negatives 20 inches square. His solution was to create a grid which could take smaller negatives resulting in images made up of 20 separate prints. The result is an exhibition of large-scale photographs at Gallery Oldham that will make you think again about the whole process of taking a picture

Ian Beesley 

Ian Beesley is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist and photographer. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Milan Photo festival, Italy, the International Industrial Photography festival, Shenyang China, The National Media Museum, Bradford and the Peoples History Museum Manchester.

His work is held in the collections of the National Media Museum Bradford, The Royal Photographic Society, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, and the National Museum of Labour, Helsinki, amongst many other important national collections. In 2012 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

He is currently artist in residence at the Bradford Institute for Health Research/Born in Bradford, artist in residence at the University of Bristol’s School of Social & Community Medicine and artist in residence for Chetham’s Library, Manchester and Gallery Oldham.


This event starts at 19:00 on 16th March until 20:30. Doors open at 18:30.


This event takes place at Gallery Odham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham OL1 1AL. The venue is fully accessible.


This event is free, but booking is essential. Please register via the link below. It is also possible to make a donation at the time of registering, this helps to support our future programme of events.

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Image: Ian Beesley

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