Brian Griffin

DisCover Photography

The DisCover Photography exhibition by Brian Griffin is a kind of a musical retrospective. 63 photographs by Brian Griffin will be exhibited. They include press portraits of musicians and covers of albums and single records of such artists as Depeche Mode, Placebo, Queen, REM, Tindersticks, The Clash, Psychodelic Furs, Passion Puppets, Talk Talk, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux, Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson.

The exhibition features a spontaneous punk style. In an austere, post-industrial space called the cathedral photographs in different sizes are displayed – from giant 3-metre long works, to 90-centimetre ones, and to the smallest 20-centimetre ones. Each of them is accompanied by the author’s note handwritten by Brian Griffin himself. All these items together tell an alternative story about links between the world of music and the photographer, for whom the image is the most impactful medium.

Brian Griffin (born 1948, Birmingham) lived in the Black Country until going to Manchester Polytechnic (1969-72) to study photography. Since 1972 has lived in London as a freelance photographer getting his first commission for Management Today in November 1972. First exhibited in the “Young British Photographers” in 1975. Received “Freedom of the city of Arles, France” in 1987. Published the book Work in 1988 with a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery. Work went on to be awarded the Best Photography book in the World at the Barcelona Primavera Fotografica 1991. In 1989 the Guardian newspaper proclaimed him to be “The Photographer Of The Decade”. Also Life magazine used the photograph A Broken Frame on its front cover of a special supplement “The Greatest Photographs Of The 80’s”. From 1991 until 2002 worked as a film director making TV Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films. In 2003 worked on Birmingham’s bid to become the European Capital City Of Culture followed by a retrospective at the Art Museum Reykjavik Iceland in 2005. He then produced a book and exhibition for the Royal opening of St. Pancras Station and High Speed 1 in 2007. In 2009 He became the patron of the Derby Festival of Photography and continues to be the Festivals patron. For the London Olympics in 2009 he launched the photography project Road To 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery alongside Lord Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes. In 2010 he had a major retrospective of my portraiture Face to Face in Birmingham. September 2013 he received the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography. Recently he has been commissioned and exhibited at “Marseille Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture”, also for “Reference Works” the photography project to celebrate with a book and exhibition the building and opening of the New Birmingham Library. This was followed by a retrospective of his corporate photography in Bologna Italy during October 2013. On March 3rd 2014, he received a Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his lifetime contribution to the City of Birmingham.

(dawne zakłady Monopolu Wódczanego)
Wydawnicza 4

opening hours
Mon-Sun: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm

opening: 7.06, 8.00 pm
exhibition is held: 8-15.06

Admission to the exhibition only with ticket presentation which can be buy in festival center in Art_Inkubator, Tymienieckiego 3. Tickets aren’t available in MONOPOLIS.