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Source Summer 1999

Source Summer 1999

Summer 1999: Issue 19

Edited by John Duncan and Richard West.


42 pages
260 x 205 mm
ISSN 13692224



This issue of Source magazine contains Source commissioned work such as David Farrell‘s (IE, M) ash and Joe Sterling‘s (IE, M) acting normal series in addition to portfolio works which continue the overriding theme of youth with work by Ruairí Watson (NI, M) and Sarah McWilliams (NI, F). This issue also includes two reviews of the work of Boris Mikhailov (UA, M), reviews of shows at the RHA, Kerlin Gallery, Ormeau Baths Gallery and Catalyst Arts in Belfast, a text on the photographic still life and a piece by Fintan O’Toole (IE, M) on Martin Parr (GB, M). The cover image is by David Farrell.

Artists and writers featured in this issue of source magazine include David Farrell (IE, M), Joe Sterling (IE, M), Ruairí Watson (NI, M), Sarah McWilliams (NI, F), Boris Mikhailov (UA, M), Martin Parr (GB, M), Gavin Murphy (IE, M), Anthony Haughey (NI, M), John Duncan (NI, M), Tom Wood (IE, M), Gerard Byrne (IE, M), Paul Tebbs (GB, M), Justin Carville (IE, M), Fiona Kearney (IE, F), Andrea Lange (DE, F), Brian McAvera (NI, M), Fintan O’Toole (IE, M), Richard West (NI, M), Dennis O’Driscoll (IE, M) and Siún Hanrahan (IE, F).

On the shelves of newsagents Source jostles for space with many other magazines that use photographic images for as many different purposes. Gavin Murphy in his commissioned essay explores the relationship between fine art photography (for want of a better expression) and commercial still life photography, as found in the ‘lifestyle glossies’. Martin Parr’s latest show Common Sense opened in 42 venues simultaneously across the world, perhaps an example of a photographer making a bid to be as ubiquitious as commercial imagery. The exhibition is reviewed here by Fintan O’Toole who wrote the introduction to Parr’s book about the West of Ireland A Fair Day in 1984.

The photographs of Joe Sterling record the developing lives of his three children who live part of the year with their mother and also divide their time between France and Ireland. David Farrell has been working for two years to produce a set of portraits of people who have just received ashes on Ash Wednesday. These will be exhibited at the Old Museum arts centre in June as part of our on-going collaboration.

Ireland now has its first full-time BA in Photography. This course offered by the Dublin Institute of Technology received its final validation in May.

— The 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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