SOHO: CIRCA 1978 - AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY BRIAN GRIFFIN


The Society Club Presents Circa 1978, an exhibit of the work of Brian Griffin, April 13th – June 8th, 2017

Brian Griffin is considered by many to have defined the post-punk aesthetic in British photography.

In 1989 The Guardian hailed Griffin as “the photographer of the decade,” while in 2005 he was described by the British Journal of Photography as “the most unpredictable and influential British portrait photographer of the last decades”.

Back in the 1970’s, Griffin employed a rigid perspective and a unique use of light to create highly acclaimed photographs of office workers for Management Today, and of London’s grey cityscapes, inventing an approach that he later applied to musicians and groups, including Depeche Mode, REM, Kate Bush, and Echo and the Bunnymen, while earning the accolades cited above.

The exhibition at the Society Club in Soho features 18 limited edition darkroom prints taken from Griffin’s highly sought after out-of-print book, © Brian Griffin 1978, which was created in collaboration with artist Barney Bubbles, who had achieved cult status for his illustrations of punk record sleeves.

Says Griffin about the work that can be seen in this exhibit:

“The thing about the 1970s is that it was very still. If you look at my images from that time, and from others like my best friend Martin Parr, there’s a remarkable stillness to them. I don’t really know if we were looking forward to anything. But at the same time, there was of all this amazing music and art being made under the surface.”

Circa 1978 runs at The Society Club in Soho from April 13th till June 8th. Email babette@thesocietyclub.com for further enquires.