Brian Griffin b. 1948
Described by the British Journal of Photography as the most unpredictable and influential British portrait photographer of the last three decades, Brian Griffin is one of the most acclaimed British photographers of modern times.
Born in Birmingham, he studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic School of Photography, and is one of the most striking British image makers of the last thirty years, famed especially for his portraits.In 2009 Brian Griffin's work was presented in a major exhibition at the Arles Photography Festival. The exhibition included work from two major commissions, Team Photo: the High Speed Channel Tunnel rail link and the construction of St Pancras station, and the mythical journey to meet the Water People, commissioned by Reykjavik Energy, Iceland.This was followed in 2010 by an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, The Road to 2012, a major photographic commission about the 2012 London Olympics. Later in 2010 a large retrospective of his work was shown at three venues in Birmingham city centre. He was also commissioned to photograph The Black Country, a series of photographs that were shown at the College des Bernardins during the Mois de la Photo in Paris. They returned to the UK in 2011 and were shown at the New Art Gallery Walsall.Griffin has self-published eight books of his works, and his photographs can be found in the Arts Council Collection and in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Reykjavik Art Museum, Birmingham Central Library and the National Portrait Gallery.