Professor Brian Griffin HonFRPS, Centenary Medal Winner 2013

Professor Brian Griffin HonFRPS

”What a wonderful experience for me it was to receive my medal. What a wonderful evening! I experienced butterflies for the first time in my life!“

Professor Brian Griffin HonFRPS, Centenary Medal Winner 2013, HonFRPS

Professor Brian Griffin HonFRPS, Centenary Medal Winner 2013


One of the most influential photographers of the past four decades, Brian Griffin HonFRPS received his first commission from Management Today in 1972, and was first exhibited in the Young British Photographers touring exhibition of 1975.

Brian received The Freedom of the City of Arles in 1987, and published the book Work in 1988, with a solo show at the National Portrait Gallery. Work went on to be awarded the Best Photography Book in the World at the Barcelona Primavera Fotográfica in 1991.

The Guardian proclaimed Brian The Photographer Of The Decade in 1989, and the accolades continued with Life Magazine using his photograph A Broken Frame on the front cover of its special supplement, The Greatest Photographs of the 80s.

In 2003, he worked on Birmingham’s bid to become the European Capital City Of Culture, which was followed by a retrospective at the Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2005.

Brian produced a book and exhibition for the royal opening of St Pancras Station and High Speed 1 in 2007, and became the patron of the biennial Derby Festival of Photography in 2009, a position he has held ever since.

In 2009, in preparation for the      London Olympics, Brian launched the project Road To 2012, alongside Lord Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2010, he had a major retrospective of his portraiture, entitled Face to Face, in Birmingham.

Recently awarded an Honorary Professorship by the University of  Derby, and an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University,  Brian has been commissioned and exhibited at Marseille, Provence, 2013 European Capital of Culture, and for Reference Works, celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham.

A retrospective of his corporate photography takes place at Foto Industria Bologna, a new event dedicated to corporate and industrial photography in Bologna, Italy, from 3-20 October.