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Source Magazine: Thinking Through Photography - Issue 85

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The Spring 2016 issue of Source is about photography and sound recording. They are media with similar documentary traditions as can be seen in a joint interview with wildlife photographer David Tipling and nature sound recordist Peter Toll.

Photographs are thought of as silent but the moment a picture is made is signalled by an audible 'click' and, as David Bate and David Campany discuss, this can either reassure the hearer that the photograph has been taken or create a paranoid sense of being the subject of someone else's photographs.

Since the time of the Victorian musical photo album, sounds have added another layer to the experience of viewing photographs, as is discussed by Eve Forrest, writing about the 1980s LPs that make up the 'Photographers' gallery of music and sound'. Today, there are an increasing number of collaborations between musicians, sound recordists and photographers that have led to photographic books that are packaged together with records or CDs: these have been surveyed by Aimee Mollaghan.

This issue includes portfolios of work by Joséphine Michel who has been photographing birds as sound emitting objects, Jez riley French whose photographs are designed as 'scores for listening' and Paul Gaffney whose work is a direct response to a piece of music.

To coincide with the magazine a season of films and interviews will be published during March and April (see below). Keep up to date with the season on Facebook and Twitter, where we will also be focussing on sound recordists whose work has relevance to photographers.

Film: Photography & Sound - Trailer

Film: Photography & Sound (part 1)

The artist and sound recordist Jez riley French talks about how he makes recordings and photographs and what is similar about the activities. Writers Angus Carlyle and Dawn Wilson consider the historical and philosophical dimensions of the art forms.

Release date: 17th March 2016.

Audio Interview:    

Jon Wozencroft is the founder of Touch. In the 1980s he published audiovisual magazines and today he works with sound recordists and musicians like Chris Watson and Christian Fennesz. He talks about the role of photography in publishing music.

Release date: 24th March 2016.

Film: Photography & Sound (part 2)

The photographer Laura Pannack and the sound recordist Ian Rawes both like to walk around London, especially around its peripheries. They compare what makes a good photographic and recording subject.

Release date: 31st March 2016.

Audio Interview:    

An excerpt from the conversation between photographer David Tipling and nature sound recordist Peter Toll.      

Release date: 7th April 2016.

Audio Interview:    

Cheryl Tipp is the curator of wildlife and environmental sounds at the British Library. She talks about the history of documentary sound recording.

Release date: 14th April 2016.