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POP - Special Edition - 1 print

POP - Special Edition - 1 print

by Brian Griffin

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POP is a comprehensive exploration of the music photography of Brian Griffin shot for album covers, single sleeves, posters and press. The 350 pages of this new book are illustrated over 160 record covers from more than 100 bands and musicians including many which are previously unpublished including Ian Dury, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, The Specials, Elvis Costello and many more.

Print 1: Joe Jackson "Look Sharp"
Print 2: Dazzle "Siouxsie And The Banshees"
Print 3: Depeche Mode "A Broken Frame" (Signed by The Depeche Mode and Brian Griffin)
Print 4: Echo and Bunnymen "Heaven Up Here" - SOLD OUT 

More about this book

Brian Griffin first began photographing the music world for STIFF records in the late 1970s and soon became the predominant visual chronicler of New Wave, Post-Punk and the New Romantics. Working from his studio in Rotherhithe, often on low budgets and before the age of photo-shop, Griffin's technical naivety resulted in major visual invention. How these photographs were executed and the techniques which were employed or invented, is explained in a Q&A between Griffin and the author Terry Rawlings. Punctuating the photographs and album artwork, this conversation provides illuminating and highly-personal behind-the-scenes insights to this distinct creative period in music and visual history.

Another section of the book contains portraits of important figures in the music industry such as the Beatles producer George Martin, Brian Eno, John Peel and Daniel Miller and portraits of the people that worked alongside Brian including stylists and builders of his light machines. Paul Gorman, author of Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles, has written an additional essay on the close working and personal relationship between graphic artist Barney Bubbles and Griffin. There is also a description of what the area of Rotherhithe in South East London, where Brian had his studio, was like in the 1980s.

Available prints:

1. Joe Jackson ‘Look Sharp’ Silver gelatin print
2. Siouxsie And The Banshees ‘Dazzle’ Silver gelatin print
3. Depeche Mode ‘A Broken Frame’ Archival pigment print
4. Echo And The Bunnymen ‘Heaven Up Here’ Archival pigment print

About special editions

Please note, Special Editions are not processed through our warehouse but individually condition checked and packaged by hand to avoid any damage. As a result, please allow extra time for your Special Edition to arrive. We will keep you updated on the progress of your order and we can be contacted on with any queries.

Published January 2018
Limited edition of 33
200 x 253mm portrait format
392 pages
The book has four different coloured cover options.
Essays by Terry Rawlings and Paul Gorman
A signed book and a signed 10×8” print housed in a cloth bound clamshell presentation case.
ISBN 978-1-910401-13-2

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  • Griffin is recognised as one of the most eminent British photographers of the seventies and eighties and as part of the group “British Photographers of the Thatcher Years” along with Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Graham Smith, Jo Spence and Victor Burgin, with whom he has exhibited multiple times. Throughout his career, over twenty monographs of Griffin’s work have been published, his work has been the subject of over fifty international solo exhibitions and is held in institutional collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Arts Council of Great Britain, London; the British Council, London; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; the Art Museum Reykjavík, Iceland; the Mast Foundation, Bologna; and the Museu da Imagem, Braga, Portugal.

    In 2009, Brian Griffin became the patron of FORMAT Festival and in 2013 he received the Centenary Medal from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography.

  • 'This book is not only a slice of time but a slice of my life never to be forgotten, that has left its mark on me and in a small way on rock n roll history'

    - Brian Griffin