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 features.
Source is distributed throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally and is the longest running photographic review in the UK since the closure 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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PO box 352
Belfast, BT1 2WB
+44 02890 329691
Source is published by:
Photoworks North Ltd.
A Company Limited by: Guarantee NI 062234
Photoworks North is a registered charity.
Charity Registration Number: NIC100285
Charity Name: Photoworks North Ltd.
Source is overseen by a governing Board which is elected each year at our AGM.
Current Board Members:
Anne Orr (Chair)
Kieran Connell (Vice Chair)
Board Member Bios:
Anne Orr has worked as a management consultant for over 10 years, through her company Greenlight Consulting (NI) Ltd, to deliver business improvement solutions to clients in the arts, creative industries and utilities. Anne holds an MSSc in Organisation and Management (QUB, 2014). Other professional qualifications include Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO 9001:2000 Auditor certified and Prince2.
Kieran Connell is a lecturer in Contemporary British History at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests include photographic practice in post-war Britain, and he has curated a number of exhibitions of photography - most recently the 2016 retrospective of Janet Mendelsohn's photographs at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.
Paul Caulfield is a Media Studies graduate from University of Ulster and currently works as Media Manager and Archive Researcher for BBC Northern Ireland Factual. Paul also worked as an Archive Researcher on the film 'Good Vibrations' and has a varied interest in Film and the Arts in Northern Ireland.
Alex Majury holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Liverpool John Moores University. She spent a year in East Kilbride on an industrial placement with Freescale Semiconductor where she gained invaluable finance experience prior to leaving University. She joined Moy Park in 2013 as a Graduate Management Trainee in Finance enjoying varied and challenging placement opportunities whilst on the programme. She has since moved into a role as a Commercial Finance Analyst. Alex is currently a Management level CIMA student, studying with the Richard Clarke Academy. She is also a member of the 'Young Professionals on Arts Boards' professional development programme with Arts and Business NI. She loves a challenge, enjoys getting outdoors and has an interest in both photography and literature.
Kathy McKendry is a media law specialist, having trained and worked at a niche London law firm before returning to her native Northern Ireland to continue practising, primarily in the fields of defamation and privacy law. She is a keen supporter of the arts and is an enthusiast of fine art in particular.
Compliance with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Annual reporting legal requirements:
Source is a registered charity with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Charity Registration Number: NIC100285). We report annually to the Commission on our charity’s finances, resources and activities. We complete and submit an online annual monitoring return form, attaching the charity’s:
- Trustees’ Annual Report.
The Commission makes copies of accounts and reports submitted by registered charities publicly available on each charity’s register entry.
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.