Culture Minister Ed Vaizey attends the launch of major Brian Griffin retrospective in Birmingham
On Tuesday 5 October 2010, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey attended the launch of Face to Face, the first major UK retrospective of leading British photographer and film-maker Brian Griffin, taking place in the city of his birth – Birmingham. Brian Griffin was joined by Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey and Cllr. Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council for the formal launch of the exhibition.
Face to Face takes place in two adjacent locations in Birmingham’s Colmore Business District. A large-scale outdoor retrospective showcases Griffin’s portraiture over the last 38 years, including many of his most prominent portraits of leading musicians, politicians and celebrities. Presenting a vast collection of portraits, from the iconic to the never-before-seen, the external exhibition is located outside Snow Hill Station, marking a return for Griffin to a significant location from his youth. Griffin commuted to Snow Hill every day for 3 years whilst working the factory job that was to trigger his departure to photography school in 1969.
Two accompanying indoor exhibitions displayed at the new development One Snowhill feature two of Griffin’s award-winning series’: Team, a commission in 2006 that saw a sense of heroism in his depiction of the people that built Britain’s first ever high speed railway, and The Water People, a commission for Reykjavik Energy documenting a mythic tale of an adventure across the Icelandic landscape.
Following the exhibition, Griffin will be donating Team and The Water People to Birmingham Central Library on long-term deposit, augmenting the Library’s existing collection of some 60 vintage prints, making the Library’s the largest collection of Griffin’s work in the world.
Brian Griffin said: “I am a boy from the Black Country born in Birmingham. For that reason the city has always been close to my heart and it is an honour to be given this retrospective.”
Brian Griffin: Face to Face, a retrospective runs until 21 November 2010 in Snowhill, Birmingham. For more information visit www.briangriffin-facetoface.co.uk.
All images courtesy of Jeremy Pardoe©
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