Brian Griffin: Made in the Black Country
We are delighted and excited to welcome award-winning Professor Brian Griffin, one of the best-known photographers of his generation. Coming to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, Brian is known for his surrealist photography of middle managers, contrasting with his gritty images of workers, iconic album covers and portraiture. His portraits include Don McCullin, Helen Mirren, David Hockney, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry, Donald Sutherland, to name just a few.
Brian’s work is held in many collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council and the British Council, and he has exhibited his work internationally. His ‘Work’ series was published as a book and formed the basis of a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery.
Brian was named photographer of the decade by the Guardian in 1989 and his ‘A Broken Frame’ photograph was used by Life Magazine as the cover of a special edition ‘Great Photographs of the Eighties’. In 2013, he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s ‘Centenary Medal’ in recognition of his lifetime achievement in photography.
Deeply rooted in the Black Country, his recent autobiography, Black Country Dada 1969-1990, and Black Kingdom reflect Brian’s upbringing. His lifetime contribution to Birmingham was recognised with the award of an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. He is also an associate professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Visitors are welcome (£5). Please get in touch with Julia, our Secretary, if you would like more information or to book a place.