SMBHmag | SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today.

Established in 2009 by Barry W Hughes, the freely available PDF magazine has gone on to showcase the work of hundreds of young and emerging talents as well as some of contemporary photography’s pioneers and more established names such as Peter Fraser, Jeremy Millar and Asger Carlsen. Combining open submissions, commissions and selections, SuperMassiveBlackHole has served as a touchstone for practitioners, professionals, educators, students and enthusiasts alike. Each thematic issue of the magazine has been published three times per year as a 52 page document enabling it to be viewed online, downloaded or printed offline.

In 2014 the SuperMassiveBlackHole Blog moved to the home website where it is regularly updated with news about upcoming photography events and reviews of exhibitions, photobooks, portfolios and short introductions to work currently being made. Hughes personally writes the majority of the reviews (usually 1000 words each) on some of the most exciting and original content being produced by photographers from around the world. Contributions from guest reviewers are also published.

Since its launch, Hughes has single-handedly built, designed, edited and published the magazine, blog and associated sites while also maintaining his respective career as a visual artist primarily engaged in photographic practice, and as a contributing writer to Hotshoe magazine. Through SuperMassiveBlackHole he has gone on to take part in panel discussions, delivered talks and reviewed portfolios for the likes of The Photographers’ Gallery, Belfast Exposed, Sirius Arts Centre, PhotoIreland Festival and Format Photo Festival as well as others. He curated the group show Time In Hand at The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010, while in 2011 he curated Long Way To Paradise, another international group show exhibiting at PhotoIreland Festival and Belfast Photo Festival. In 2013, photographer and curator David J Moore joined SuperMassiveBlackHole as Contributing Online Editor researching new work while also curating the popular Tumblr and Facebook accounts.

By virtue of the title’s consistently brave and unpredictable content, SuperMassiveBlackHole was shortlisted for Best Web Only Publication at the Irish Web Awards in 2010 and 2013, and a finalist in the same category in 2014, awarded a residency by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012. In 2013 it was listed in The Photographers’ Gallery Top 10 Websites, named Photo Website Of The Week by The Telegraph in 2014, and listed by Feature Shoot in Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow On Twitter the same year.

Time, Space, Light & Gravity are what drive SuperMassiveBlackHole


Founding Director

Barry W Hughes

Contributing Online Editor

David J Moore

Editor-at-Large for SuperNova

Tessa Bolsover


Visit the PRESS page for details on our media partners, awards, interviews and talks.