This hardback book is a complete retrospective of Brian Griffin’s music photography on more than 350 pages. Throughout the years, Griffin has photographed artists from such genres as post punk, new wave and new romantic. “Pop” focuses mainly on the late 70s and early 80s of the XX century. The material for this book has been chosen from over 160 photo sessions done for more than a hundred artists.
What we’ll find here is plenty of previously unpublished photos, including those of major stars such as: Ian Dury, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, The Specials, Elvis Costello and many more.
“Pop” includes an insightful, illuminating and sometimes hilarious conversation between Brian Griffin and the book’s author, Terry Rawlings. A true window into the period and a must-have publication for all fans of music and photography. Detailed descriptions show how the photos included in this book were executed on low budget and without the aid of Photoshop or digital photography. Some of the techniques presented were invented by the author himself.
Another section of the book includes portraits of music industry’s notable figures, including: George Martin, Brian Eno and Daniel Miller. In addition, we’ll find photos of people who have worked alongside Brian Griffin, such as stylists and builders of his light machines.
There is also an essay by Paul Gorman, the author of “Reasons to be Cheerful” – a book on life and work of famous English graphic designer and music videos editor Barney Bubbles. Gorman treats in detail the close friendship between Griffin and Bubbles as well as their collaboration on album covers.
Terry Rawlings also gives a vivid and funny description of what was going on around Griffin’s studio in South East London in the 80s. It’s where most photos found in the book were taken.
The publisher notes: “No stone has been left unturned to make this beautiful and extensive book the definitive record of Brian Griffin’s photography and his life as a music photographer”. Anyone who has seen covers of Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Joe Jackson, Iggy Pop or Billy Idol records or photos of notable pop-culture figures taken by Griffin will surely attest to that.
This outstanding photographer has already attended Soundedit Festival. In 2014, he presented the Man with the Golden Ear Award to John Cale.
Photo: Joanna Kurkowska