Invited by Reykjavik Energy to visit Iceland in 2005 Brian Griffin began a major commission resulting in a collection of stunning and powerful imagery. The images depict a narrative documenting a mythical journey across the extraordinary landscape of Iceland that culminates with the artist becoming the first photographer to witness and picture the Water People.
The portraits of the Water People offer fantastic examples of the invention and experimentation Griffin has been employing in his photography for over 30 years. Methods that have had a profound effect on the medium as he has grown to become one of the most highly acclaimed photographers in the UK and abroad.
The narrative that unfolds in the exhibition comprises images that draw on Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The voyage begins at the 'Headquarters' before Griffin ventures on an unexpected and dangerous expedition to discover the City of The Water People. The adventure, a visualisation of this pathway, is retold through surreal, large-scale black and white photographs.
Brian Griffin has worked extensively for leading international magazines and advertising agencies. During the eighties, he diversified away from the theme of 'the worker' to create truly original, iconic images of actors and musicians. In 1989, The Guardian newspaper named him 'Photographer of the Decade'.
Griffin has just recently completed another enormous commission, producing 165 portraits of the workers and managers during the development of St. Pancras' Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Described by the British Journal of Photography as 'the most unpredictable and influential British portrait photographer of the last three decades' these exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to see how Griffin adapts and manipulates his themes to produce iconic and prolific photographic events.
For further information, and interview / abstract opportunities please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brian Griffin: The Water People is showing at SPACE alongside Roof Unit Foundations.