Source is a quarterly photography magazine, available in print and as a digital edition, published in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We publish emerging photographic work and engage with the latest in contemporary photography through news, thoughtful features and reviews of the latest exhibitions and books from Ireland and the UK. Our website brings together an archive of writing and pictures from the magazine alongside current blogs and features.
Source is distributed throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally and is the longest running photographic review in the UK since the closing of Creative Camera magazine in 2001, and is comparable to other international photography titles such as Aperture in the US, Camera Austria, and Katalog in Denmark.
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A Brief History of Source:
Photoworks North was formally constituted in May 1992 in order to promote excellence in photography in Northern Ireland. The organization was set up by a group of photographers united in their frustration at the limited provision for photography within the gallery and education sectors in Northern Ireland and the lack of a network for Northern Ireland photographers.
The organisation's early focus was on providing a centre in Belfast for the promotion of excellence in photography through gallery space, a library with an archive of member's work, darkrooms and educational activities for schools. It also had plans for a publication programme and a key part of this was the journal Source that would promote awareness of and act as a forum for those interested in photography.
Initial money was raised through a raffle of donated prints from photographers that included Martin Parr, Willie Doherty and a set of self portrait's by Lee Friedlander. In 1993 the Arts Council of Northern Ireland agreed to cover production costs for four issues and to date funding has been maintained and steadily increased from ACNI. Within the funding climate and with the available voluntary energies Source increasingly became the focus of the organization. Based on the track record of Source the organization also went on to secure regular funding from the Irish Arts Council since 1998 and Belfast City Council since 2001.
Source gradually grew from its original 8 page A4 black and white format increasing in page numbers, changing format, printing in colour and regularly updating its design. The content of the early issues of the magazine included news, reviews, features and portfolios of individual photographers. These have remained a mainstay but as the magazine has increased to its current 80 page count they have increased in number along with new sections covering book publishing and specialist columns on photography and the law and a regular column analyzing advertising imagery.
Source secured office space in Botanic Avenue in 1994 before moving briefly to the city centre to a warehouse in Hector Street in 2000. In 2002 the magazine relocated to Clanmill arts and business units and remains a resident of the Cathedral Quarter arts community. The office has an impressive library of specialist books and magazines on photography which provides a valuable research resource for the editors and is also made available for consultation to researchers and visiting curators.
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Source is published by:
Photoworks North Ltd.
A Company Limited by: Guarantee NI 062234
Photoworks North is a registered charity.
Charity Registration Number: NIC100285
Charity Name: Photoworks North Ltd.
Source is overseen by a governing Board which is elected each year at our AGM.
Current Board Members:
Jane Ritchie (Chair)
Jason Higgins (Hon Secretary)
Dr Vivienne Pollock
Jane Ritchie is the Social Media and Content Lead at the Mark Pollock Trust and the Run In The Dark. Previously she was an editor in the Dispute Resolution and General Practice team in Sweet and Maxwell Legal Publishers London. She holds an LLB in Law and Politics from Queen's University Belfast and an MA in Publishing from the London College of Communication. While at Queens she volunteered with Amnesty International and co-ordinated a country wide schools debate. On graduation from Queens, thanks to training from Northern Visions Television, Jane freelanced as a cameraperson and editor and was commissioned by Amnesty International to produce two short films.
Jason Higgins holds a BA Hons in Visual Communications. He spent a number of years as a course administrator before undertaking an MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster graduating in 2012. He is a former director with Platform Arts and has worked as a volunteer with Lens Culture / Houston Photo Fest Paris Photo portfolio reviews and with the Houston Foto Festival at the 2014. His last body of photgraphic work 'Black Lung' examined the marks left by the forgotten coalmines of rural Ireland.
Paul Caulfield is a Media Studies graduate from University of Ulster and currently works as Media Manager and Archive Researcher for BBC Northern Ireland Factual. Paul also worked as an Archive Researcher on the film 'Good Vibrations' and has a varied interest in Film and the Arts in Northern Ireland.
Kieran Connell is a lecturer in Contemporary British History at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests include photographic practice in post-war Britain, and he has curated a number of exhibitions of photography - most recently the 2016 retrospective of Janet Mendelsohn's photographs at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.
Sherene Masterson is a graduate of Ulster University receiving her degree in Accounting as well as a Diploma for a year spent studying business in Lindsay Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky through the Business Education Initiative. She has been a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland since 2010 having received her training in BDO, Belfast with subsequent posts in Moore Stephens, Sydney and Ulster Bank, Belfast. Sherene's real passion is amateur musical theatre with her local group, St Agnes' Choral Society. As well as being a member within the society taking part in a production each year in the Grand Opera House, she is member of the committee, being the lead in PR and Marketing for the society's numerous projects for the 2016/ 2017 year.
Kathy Mathews is a media law specialist, having trained and worked at a niche London law firm before returning to her native Northern Ireland to continue practising, primarily in the fields of defamation and privacy law. She is a keen supporter of the arts and is an enthusiast of fine art in particular.
Anne Orr For over 10 years, Anne has worked as a management consultant through her company Greenlight Consulting (NI) Ltd, to deliver business improvement solutions to clients in the arts, creative industries and utilities. Anne holds an MSSc in Organisation and Management (QUB, 2014). Other professional qualifications include Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO 9001:2000 Auditor certified and Prince2.
Dr Vivienne Pollock is Curator of History in National Museums Northern Ireland, with especial responsibility for the Ulster Museum's collections of historical and topographical photography. She studied Modern History and the University of Sussex before completing her doctoral research at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. Before joining the Ulster Museum she worked for Derry City Museum Service and the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh. She has lectured and published widely on Irish photographic history and Irish social and economic history, and authored a range of exhibitions and displays highlighting historic photographic collections.
David Wilson read law at Queens University, Belfast, graduating in 1997 before moving to London to work for KPMG as a tax specialist. David qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and became a partner in Worthingtons in 2006. David is a qualified solicitor in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and advises commercial and institutional clients and private investors on all aspects of commercial property. In addition, David acts for telecoms companies including 3, Orange, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere Limited as well as renewable energy companies. David has represented telecoms companies advising in many inter-operator installations including those at Dublin Convention Centre, Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, Dublin Airport and Dublin Port Tunnel. In 2011, David was appointed to represent the Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Branch) in connection with the redevelopment of Kingspan Stadium. Aside from Source, David sits on the board of Ponydance, champions of comedy dance theatre and is a committee member at the Ulster Reform Club.