Images from a photography exhibition celebrating women are on display in an Oxford churchyard.

Photo Oxford 2020 runs until November 16 in venues and public spaces across the city and online.

Women & Photography: Ways of Seeing and Being Seen, this year’s festival theme, celebrates women behind and in front of the lens: photographers, photographic subjects, curators, researchers, and collectors.

It features exhibitions, displays, talks, workshops and other events in venues, outdoors and online.

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One of the festival projects, planned since before the pandemic, is Strength and Resilience, a series of portraits by Fran Monks of the women involved with The Gatehouse Project, a drop-in cafe and community centre for the homeless, next to St Giles’ Church where the photos are on show.

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The portraits are displayed outdoors in the churchyard, in front of the church and facing the Woodstock Road.

Rev. Andrew Bunch, vicar at St Giles Church, said: “The pandemic that we are going through is giving lots of people a hard time.

“People who are homeless have been living with this kind of situation for years.

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"Have a look at the photo exhibition in the churchyard to see what has enabled women, who have been made homeless, to cope with their situation."

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Photographer Ms Monks said: “I am trying to keep positive by making portraits in new and interesting ways to reflect the times that we live in. I was very keen that all the portraits were similarly respectful.”