Born in Birmingham in 1948, Brian Griffin studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic’s School of Photography, where he was first able to encounter a myriad of artistic movements in the college library – from the Renaissance to Symbolism, Expressionism and Surrealism. His influences have emerged from film or painting, with the lighting in German Expressionist cinema and film noir a major inspiration.
Griffin started work as a freelance photographer in 1972. His TV commercials and music videos include a film documentary for Sir Paul McCartney in 2004. In 2006, he produced images for the corporate book and exhibition The Water People for Reykjavik Energy. For the 2007 State Opening of St Pancras Station, he produced the exhibition and book Team, creating powerful images of workers involved with the project.
Magazines that Griffin has worked for include The Sunday Times Magazine, The Face, Time Out, The Observer Magazine and L’Uomo Vogue; and he has produced advertising images for many international companies, including British Airways, Sony, and Smirnoff. His many music industry clients have included Siouxsie and the Banshees, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode and REM.