Brian Griffin: In Conversation

Join the legendary photographer Brian Griffin for a virtual tour of his exhibition and autobiographical book Black Country DADA

FORMAT festival patron Brian Griffin, will be joined by QUAD/ FORMAT Senior Curator Peter Bonnell, and together they will take visitors on a virtual tour of his exhibition Black Country DADA, featuring extracts from his forthcoming autobiography, Volume II which charts his stellar and fascinating career, covering the period 1969 – 1990.

Brian recounts his student days at Manchester Polytechnic alongside fellow photographers Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows; his arrival on the photography scene in London, working with Management Today where he developed his signature style of surreal portraits, working for Haymarket publishers and being sacked by Vogue; his move into commercial photography and the audacity of visualising the financial Big Bang in Broadgate; working with Stiff Records and creating some of the 20th century’s most iconic album covers, including for Joe Jackson, Siouxsie and Iggy Pop and his move into advertising with Saatchi and Saatchi.

There are some wonderful surprises of less well known but brilliantly made portraits and some amusing personal stories including his 1974 holiday in Moscow where he encountered a military parade and the KGB and his evening with a drunken knife throwing circus act in Rotherhithe, the East London borough he made his home and where he still lives today.

The virtual exhibition tour will be led via zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the event.

Black Country DADA is published by Cafeteria.