John Duncan studied Documentary Photography in Newport graduating in 1989 and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School Art graduating in 1992. He has been one of the editors of Source Photographic Magazine since 1994. He has lectured part time in photography at Queens University and at the University of Ulster 1998 – 2005. He has served on the Board of Belfast Exposed and was chair between 2012-2014. He was on the Board of Belfast Photography Festival 2012-15. He continues to make his own work and his book Bonfires was published by Steidl in 2008 and he is exhibiting as part of EVA 2018.