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Source, Spring 2024: Issue 114

Spring 2024: Issue 114Source
Spring 2024: Issue 114

Edited by John Duncan and Richard West.


86 pages
310 x 220 mm
ISSN 13692224


This issue of Source, subtitled Home, is a look at the history and development of the home up until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, exploring themes of claustrophobia, belonging and inertia. In addition to photographs of the home by Annie Ernaux and Wolfgang Tillmans, Irish artist Dorje de Burgh’s Under the Same Sky maps the Carrick-on-Suir area during the pandemic. As well as the usual photobook reviews, there is an interview with the Curator of the Museum of the Home Danielle Patten and a feature on the Shannon Development Archive, from University of Limerick’s Glucksman Collections, which charts the erection of the new town beside Shannon airport and free zone.

Artists and writers featured in this issue include Susanna Galbraith  (NI, F), Josh Allen (UK, M), Joseph McBrinn (IE, M), Annie Ernaux (FR, F), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE, M), Klara Fritz (AT, F), Orla Fitzpatrick (IE, F), Danielle Patten (UK, F), Richard West (NI, M), Lubna Zafar (UK, F), Chloé Morrison (F), Lydia Goldblatt (UK, F), Jessica Traynor (IE, F), Colin Graham (IE, M), Dorje de Burgh (IE, M), Una Mullally (IE, F), Roberta McGrath (UK, F), Kimberly Schreiber (US, F), Jim Goldberg (US, M), Oana Sanziana Marian (RO/US, F), Robert Cumming (US, M), Tony Godfrey (UK, F), Barbara Ker-Seymer (UK, F), Sarah Knights (UK, F), Annette Richardson (UK, F), Mathias Hartmann (DE, M), Joséphine Michel (FR, F), Daniel Jewesbury (UK, M), Bart Sorgedrager (NL, M),  Stephen Bull (UK, M), Jason Bate (UK, M), Beatriz Pichel (ES, F), Kyveli Lignou-Tsmantani (UK, F), Boaz Levin (IL, M), Kathrin Schönegg (DE, F), Conohar Scott (UK, M), Keisha Scarville (US, M), Jessie McLaughlin (UK, F), Luigi Ghirri (IT, M), Ivo Rambaldi (IT, M), Adrian Sauer (DE, M), Morwenna Kearsley (UK, F), Tami Aftab (UK/PK, F), Stephen Gill (UK, M), Roeloff Bakker (UK, M), Vik Shirley (UK, F), Yasushi Cho (JP, M), Colin Pantall (UK, M), Jane Audas (UK, F) and John Beck (UK, M).


The idea of ‘home’ as a place of refuge is a modern one. As Danielle Patten from the Museum of Home explains, it is only in the 20th Century, with greater home ownership, more regulation of working hours and the pervasiveness of modern communication that we come to see our homes as bastions of privacy. With the advent of social media and the experience of a global pandemic that had us working in our front rooms again, perhaps that process is being reversed and our domestic space is becoming semi-public once more.

Annie Ernaux and Wolfgang Tillmans in different ways (but with similar photographs) have recorded a particular intimacy associated with our living spaces. They have both photographed discarded clothes, suggesting the recent vulnerability of their wearers. Klara Fritz writes about the way a small domestic untidiness can point to larger philosophical themes of absence.

Lydia Goldblatt’s Fugue is driven by a need to “explore and respond to the fundamental themes of intimacy, claustrophobia, love and loss that have been brought to the fore through the loss of my mother and becoming a mother myself”. The work gives a representation of domestic space that is neither apologetic nor idealised. The poet and essayist Jessica Traynor responds to the images. Traynor’s most recent collection of poems Pit Lullabies includes a fractured sequence of attempted lullabies that moves from dark days of new motherhood to lighter times. Traynor was intrigued by “the echoes I found between our similar but different experiences”.

Dorje de Burgh’s Under the Same Sky documents Carrick-on-Suir and the surrounding area of County Tipperary during the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular that moment’s atmosphere of trauma and inertia. The work attempts to map a personal conception of home, belonging, community and alienation. Una Mullally writes about the work and how it leaves her “questioning: do we ever belong where we end up, even if that’s where we’re ‘from’? Is this place being left behind, or am I?”

The Shannon Development Photographic Archive is part of the Special Collections and Archives Department at the University of Limerick’s Glucksman Library. In 2023 it received funding from the Wellcome Trust to catalogue, conserve, digitise and increase accessibility to its 25,000 – 36,000 original photographic negatives. This was part of a collaborative project The New Jerusalems: post-war New Town archives in Britain and Ireland. We asked Colin Graham to have a look at the archive. In his essay to accompany the images he notes how Shannon “became a home for newcomers and future generations and a kind of social experiment which Ireland was unprepared for”.

— 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.