Issue 107 — Spring 2022
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Like estranged cousins, the road sign and the photograph appear to be related in only a formal sense, perhaps part of some larger family of objects that convey meanings, one clear and direct, the other prone to vagueness. But recently what is obvious or not obvious has seemed less straightforward; we ask ‘Is this the speed limit?’ and ‘Is this a party?’ as if they were the same type of question.
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Celebrating the launch of the latest issue of Source Issue 107 - SIGNS. Featuring live interviews and Q&As with Judith Williamson and Jonathan Long, two of this issue’s contributors. Hosted by Editor Richard West in partnership with the Gallery of Photography Ireland.
Judith Williamson examines the photographic evidence for partygate. Jonathan Long introduces this issue’s archive feature, which is made up of images from a photographic album held in the collection of the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. The album was made in 1935 by German-Jewish businessman Fritz Fürstenberg and his fiancée, Käthe Smoszewski, who, at considerable personal risk, documented antisemitic signs dotted throughout the German countryside, its towns, and villages. The album was created to be disseminated as evidence of antisemitism in Germany. In his introduction to the pictures, Long notes the perturbing way that ‘propaganda has become so much part of the everyday’.