Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week our Little Interview series features John Duncan, Editor of Source Photographic Review who is hosting a Portfolio Day in the Glucksman's River room as part of Cork Photo 2016.


John Duncan: 3 June 2016

What are you reading?
The Ministry of Nostalgia by Owen Hatherley, the third of his books that I have read have enjoyed after Militant Modernism and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. We commissioned Owen to write in Source in 2012 as an introduction to Richard Gilligan's work on DIY skate boarder spaces. It was great to be able to commission someone I had been reading for awhile.

Favourite museum?
ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. I went there in 1998 with a group of artists, we had all had work in an exhibition On The Bright Side of Life nearby in Ludwigshafen. I hadn't come across a space showing intelligent work that used new technology in such an engaging way before. Wore the T-shirt for years. I would like an excuse to go back.

Best performance?
Finally getting to see David Byrne play at the waterfront in Belfast 2009. We interviewed him for Source in 1998 when he exhibited his photographs at the Ormeau baths Gallery. But seeing him play after listening to it non stop for years was great. Never been so focused on someone on a stage.

What is your most treasured possession?
Probably my Mamyia 7 camera, used one since the late 80's, I know where I am with that. Or my dads abstract paintings from the 1970's.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
My first photographic books were August Sander and later The Democratic Forest by William Eggleston. I took a lot of inspiration from those in the early days of my work. And I was taught by some great people at college whose thinking I took on board Ian Walker, David Hurn, Paul Reas, Peter Fraser, Daniel Meadows, Keith Arnatt, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Roger Palmer. My crit with Lewis Baltz at Glasgow School of Art was pretty inspiring as I had looked at his work a lot. Roger Palmers new work is in the summer issue of Source and reading about his work again made me realise how I had absorbed some of his concerns around image making.

A lightbulb moment?
Realising that I had been photographing in Belfast for 30 years and that I still felt the urge to make images there. And that photography had carried me a long way and I could draw some strength form that.

Guilty pleasure?
Beers after work on a Friday.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Thinking about my own work.

Sheila Beecher, 27 May 2016
Ellen Byrne,
20 May 2016
Marie Bourke,
13 May 2016
Theresa Reidy,
6 May 2016
Eleanor Duffin,
29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe NĂ­ Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here