The summer issue of Source is about Photography and Literature. Subjects covered include the photographically illustrated novel, the 'fictional' quality of photographs, Robert Frank's photographic tribute to the Swiss writer Robert Walser, and the relative prices of photobooks and literature to collectors. It also includes new portfolios of work by Hannah Starkey, Joe Duggan and Dragana Jurisic.
To coincide with the magazine a season of films will be published during August and September (see below). We will run a Facebook competition as we release the films to allow you to win copies of the featured books. Finally, this issue will be available as a digital as well as a print edition. This season of films is released in collaboration with the Irish Times.
Issue 75 of the magazine is an essential companion to Source's Photography and Literature Films. Don't miss out - order your copy now. Available both in print and now as a digital edition too.
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A Symbolist book about a man obsessed with his dead wife, and fascinated by a dancer who resembles her. Thought to be the first photographically illustrated novel (1892). Film includes interviews with Clive Scott, French professor and Will Stone, a poet / translator who illustrated the most recent translation of the book with his own photographs. Read more »
Photography and Literature: Austerlitz
Austerlitz (30 minutes)
WG Sebald's last novel, like its predecessors, is illustrated with mysterious photographs. Sebald scholar Jonathan Long visits locations featured in the book and explores how the photographs correspond to (or conceal) reality. Clive Scott, Sebald's former colleague, recalls conversations with the author about the book. Michael Brandon-Jones, the technician who prepared Sebald's manuscripts for publication, talks about how the books were arranged and the different sources of the visual material they contain. Read more »
Photography and Literature: Roma Tearne
Roma Tearne (12 minutes)
Roma Tearne has an extensive collection of found photographs and, although her novels do not include illustrations, as the author (and artist) explains, they played a key role in their composition. Read more »
Photography and Literature: The Home Place
The Home Place (12 minutes)
Unusually among those who have produced photographically illustrated books, Wright Morris was as skilled a photographer as he was a writer. Mick Gidley, who writes about American literature and photography, introduces the themes of the book and its inspirations. Read more »
Photography and Literature: Amerika
Amerika (10 minutes)
Kafka had never visited America but used photographs from travel books as inspiration for his novel. Carolin Duttlinger explains how Kafka's very approach to writing was formed by his experience of photography. Read more »
Stay tuned for...
• Friday 27 September Photography & Literature 1(20 minutes) Part 1 of an essay film with contributors discussing the underlying relationship between photography and literature. Participants include Lindsay Smith (Victorian photography and Literature), Colin Graham (Modernism: Ulysses, Proust, Wilde), Matthias Uecker (photography and documentary literature, Weimar period Germany), Andrew Stafford (post-war French literature and the phototext), James Casbere (an American photographer inspired by William Faulkner), Rut Blees Luxemburg (inspired by Holderlin), Patrick Hogan (learnt from Chekhov how to edit his photographs).
• Friday 4 October Photography & Literature 2(20 minutes) Part 2 of an essay film with contributors discussing the underlying relationship between photography and literature.