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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 overseen by a governing Board which is elected each year at our AGM.

Current Board Members:

José Luís Neves (Chair)

Simon Burch (Vice Chair)

Jason Higgins, (Hon Secretary)

Adam Browne (Hon Treasurer)

Jane Ritchie

Maxim Surin

Noel Bowler


José Luís Neves is a PhD researcher in Art & Design at the University of Ulster studying under the supervision of Professor Paul Seawright, Donovan Wylie and Professor Martin Parr. Before initiating his doctoral studies in Belfast he completed the Photographic History and Practice postgraduate programme at De Montfort University, in Leicester. Between 2010 and 2012 he worked at the Wilson Centre for Photography in London as an intern cataloguer and assistant curator. His main areas of research include the history, critical framework and historiography of the photobook, photobook and materiality, visual narrative and artist's book history and critical theory. His current research work focuses on understanding the historical and critical development of the photobook and the overlap between the latter form and the artist's books field.

Simon Burch is a photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has been recognised internationally - Epica inclusion on two occasions, Association of Photographers Silver Award for his portraiture in 2004 and has been nominated for the Prix Pictet Prize in 2011 and 2012. He has twice been an invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, and has exhibited in many group and solo shows. He has been commissioned by TIME Magazine, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, and his first book 'Under a Grey Sky' was published in 2009. He divides his time between commissioned and fine art photography, and was awarded an MFA with distinction from the University of Ulster in 2014.'

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.

Adam Browne is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified in 2010 with experience in Big Four audit and accounts practice and corporate banking experience in Paris, France. Since 2011, he has worked in an industry role at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast, practising as a Financial Analyst on the manufacture of aircraft parts and development of new aircraft programmes. He maintains a strong interest in visual arts, with particular focus on photography, and brings his financial experience to the Board.

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.

Maxim Surin has been involved in the digital presentation of audiovisual collections for international art institutions, festivals and networks. Between 2011-2012 he developed online communication platforms and market research, planning analysis and aggregation of social networks feeds for IT conferences and meet-ups at ECAS (European Cities of Advanced Sound and related arts) a network of independent non-profit organisations across Europe. Between 2009 - 2010 he worked at Argos Center for Arts and Media (Brussels, Belgium) on marketing, analysis of the organisation's digital presentation of video and print collections, research on digital media, online communication and collections tools, and managed the EU Digitalization project DCA "Digital libraries" - Enhancing access to media art content.

Noel Bowler is a Photographer and Educator. He holds an MFA in photography from University of Ulster, Belfast and a BA (Hons) degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport. His work has been exhibited worldwide including New York Photofestivel and Les Recontres d'Arles, with recent solo exhibitions in Gallery of Photography, Ireland and Impressions Gallery, England. Bowler has nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2011 and for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in both 2012 and 2015. His most recent body of work Union will be published by the Kehrer Verlag in 2015. He is currently a Lecturer in Photography at University Campus Suffolk.

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