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Source Spring 2000

Source Spring 2000

Spring 2000: Issue 22

Edited by John Duncan and Richard West.


42 pages
260 x 205 mm
ISSN 13692224


This issue of Source magazine contains two dominant themes – the topic of borders and borderlands, and a continuation of the previous issues discussion on the relationship between language and image. Borders are discussed in relation to republicanism with particular focus on the work of Tony O’Shea (IE, M), as well as Dara McGrath‘s (IE, M) images of European borders which Colm Tóibín‘s (IE, M) writes on. An article on the history of Creative Camera to mark its name change to DPict is included as well as new photography – Trish Morrissey‘s (IE, F) images of women with facial hair and David Robinson‘s (GB, M) photographs of golfers. The cover image is by Trish Morrissey.

Artists and writers featured in this issue of Source magazine include Dara McGrath (IE, M), Tony O’Shea (IE, M), David Robinson (GB, M), Trish Morrissey (IE, F), Colm Tóibín (IE, M), John Mullin (M), Rosamund Moon (GB, F), Carlo Gébler (IE, M), Aidan Matthews (IE, M), Robin Whitaker (US, M), Siún Hanrahan (IE, F), Karen van Meenan (US, F), Fiona Kearney (IE, F), Nicholas Allen (NI, M) and James Coleman (IE, M).

Tony O’Shea has been photographing republican commemorations, funerals and political gatherings for the last fifteen years. As a photojournalist he has covered the main events of this period producing images for the front pages of the major Dublin newspapers. John Mullin, the Ireland correspondent for The Guardian introduces this more intimate view of republicanism.

The main objective of Irish republicans is, according to Sinn Féin, ‘an end to partition which is the cause of conflict, injustice and division in Ireland…’ so in Ireland the border between North and South is still very much contested. In much of Europe the importance of borders appears to be diminishing. The European border posts in Dara McGrath’s photographs provide a distraction for tourists as much as an ideological battle ground. In an accompanying text Colm Tóibín recalls some of the stories associated with European borders and gives an account of his own experiences at border crossings.

A theme in this issue is the relationship between literature and photography. Aidan Mathews draws upon a broad range of reference, from the Scriptures to Diane Arbus, to ask whether it is images or language that have primacy in Western culture. Rosamund Moon looks at the evolution of the language we use to discuss photography. This language appears to have coalesced from many pre-existent concepts as if, linguistically at least, the invention of photography was bound to occur. Both writers reinforce the idea that photography, a modern invention, is deeply rooted in the traditions of Western culture.

Both Trish Morrissey and David Robinson have produced a series of portraits; one of amateur golfers and the other of women with facial hair. Evident in these pictures, in different ways, is the effort we expend to present ourselves to the world. Here this is apparent in the ‘normality’ of golfing fashion and the transgression of women with moustaches.

The Irish artist James Coleman has his latest work, exhibited in New York, reviewed by Karen Van Meenen, the editor of Afterimage. Siún Hanrahan reviews an exhibition in Cork featuring American artist David Philips and Irish artist Paul Rowley who have been nominated for the Glenn Dimplex Award at the Irish Museum of Modem Art.

And finally, Creative Camera, whose history is reviewed here by Fiona Kearney, has decided to recreate itself as DPict. Creative Camera is dead, long live DPict.

— Editors

About the Magazine
Source is a quarterly photography magazine, available in print and as a digital edition, published in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They 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. Their website brings together an archive of writing and pictures from the magazine alongside current features.

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