Middle Years
Philip Jones GriffithsThu 31 May 2007 - Sat 07 Jul 2007
Philip Jones Griffiths is renowned as the foremost photographer of the war in Viet Nam. President of Magnum for a record five years, his 1971 publication Viet Nam Inc was a crucial influence in changing public opinion in the US at the time of the conflict. Time Magazine called Vietnam Inc 'the best work of photo-reportage of war ever published,' and The New Statesman added, 'Of all the hundreds of books about [the War,] this is the truest, the most important, the most upsetting.'
Philip Jones Griffiths is renowned as the foremost photographer of the war in Viet Nam. President of Magnum for a record five years, his 1971 publication Viet Nam Inc was a crucial influence in changing public opinion in the US at the time of the conflict. Time Magazine called Vietnam Inc 'the best work of photo-reportage of war ever published,' and The New Statesman added, 'Of all the hundreds of books about [the War,] this is the truest, the most important, the most upsetting.'

The exhibition Middle Years presented a period much closer to home, with many previously unseen images taken of Britain in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The pictures depict social and political affairs, and landmark events over three decades of change and upheaval in Great Britain. From the Beatles in Liverpool and coalminers in Wales, to CND marches on the streets of London and funeral processions in Northern Ireland, the images are acute, human, and full of his trademark perceptive commentary. They describe an important transition in British society, most importantly through the eye of this unique master of composition and narrative. The images present a domestic revolution from one of the world's greatest photographers, whose international fame covering a country on the other side of the world, is put in the context of his equally incisive work at home.



In 2008 the images were exhibited in Liverpool at the National Conservation Centre, as part of their 'City of Culture' celebrations, and in Paris during 'Mois de la Photo'. The images were more recently exhibited at the Side Gallery, Newcastle, in April and May 2009.



Philip Jones Griffiths died after a long period of ill health from cancer, at home in West London, on 19th March 2008. His work and archive survives through the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation for the Study of War and Conflict, managed primarily by his two daughters, and in his books:



A Dark Odyssey (Aperture, 1996)

Viet Nam Inc (Phaidon, 2001)

Agent Orange (Trolley, 2003)

Viet Nam at Peace (Trolley, 2005)

Recollections (Trolley, 2008)

A Youth strains to glimpse his pop-star idol emerging from church with his new bride
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1959

A Rainy Night in Oxford Street
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

Aldermaston March
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Bearskins outside Buckingham Palace
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1959

Beaulieu Jazz Festival
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Boy Destroying Piano, Wales
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Children
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Children, Laugharne, Wales
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1952

CND Demonstration, Trafalgar Square
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

CND Supporters, Trafalgar Square
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1964

Coal Miner, Wales
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1957

Coal Miners, Wales
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1957

Cross-Channel Ferry
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Cross-Channel Ferry
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Crufts
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1962

Dancer, Liverpool
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

Druids at the National Eisteddfod, Carmarthen
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1974

Edward Heath
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1974

Fans Celebrating, Picadilly Circus
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Funeral Procession, Northern Ireland
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1972

Graffiti, east-end London
118 x 79 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Greek Orthodox Church, North London
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Harold Macmillan
54 x 80 cms
Photograph
1956

Henry Moore Exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Jeremy Thorpe, MP
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1974

Last Night of the Proms, Albert Hall
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

Liverpool Children
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1966

Lord Longford
118 x 79 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1973

Man Observing the Aldermaston March
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Military Display, St James's Park
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

Miners Gala, Durham
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

Motor Show
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1959

Mowing the Lawn, Northern Ireland
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1973

Nannies outside No.10
120 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1959

Nanny Watching Military Parade
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

New Fine Fare Supermarket, London
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

Norman Wisdom, Beaconsfield film studios
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

Nuclear Protest along the Embankment
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1962

Outside Hamburger Joint, Leicester Square
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1959

Poppy Day Parade, Cambridge
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Protest Against Britain's Nuclear Program, Whitehall
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Remaining Tenant
118 x 79 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

Returning from Shopping, Liverpool
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

School Children, Doncaster
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

School Outing, Liverpool
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatinm fibre print
1952

Sculpture Exhibition, Battersea Park
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1960

Soldier with Bulletproof Shield, Northern Ireland
120 x 80 cms
Photograph
1973

Street Corner, London
80 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1958

Striptease Sideshow, England
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1958

Tailor's Dummy
54 x 80 cms
Photograph
1963

Teenage Couple at a Jazz Festival
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1964

The Beatles, Empire Theatre, Liverpool
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

The Beatles, Liverpool
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1963

The Hoover Factory, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961

Woman Being Arrested at Nuclear Protest, Whitehall
110 x 75 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1962

Workmen demolishing Buildings along Edgware Road
54 x 80 cms
Silver-gelatin fibre print
1961