This June, The Crescent is delighted to welcome Brian Griffin as he presents POP, which is part of the Belfast Photo Festival.
For 10 years, from the late 1970's until the late 1980's, Brian Griffin was one of the photographers that record companies, band managers and groups approached to do their album covers, single bags and publicity.
For many photo-shoots they would journey into the dark hinterland of London's Docklands, a warren of litter strewn streets left to rot after the closure of the docks, to his studio.
Featured in this exhibition are both studio and location images from Brian’s personal collection, some of them rare vintage prints, all captured prior to the digital age, when you needed to be technically proficient and inventive as a photographer, whether it was twanging nicker elastic to create shafts of light or producing an album cover front, back plus inner sleeve for less than a pound.
Belfast Photo Festival
Launched in 2011, this major photographic event has been described as one of the "top ten photography festivals in the world" (Capture Magazine, 2016) and attracts upwards of 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public spaces. Capturing wide appeal through popular culture, accessible themes and unexpected encounters with photography, the festival aims to instil and inspire public enjoyment and participation by utilizing the most accessible artistic medium and bringing it to new audiences in cool and unusual ways.
The Belfast Photo Festival 2018 runs between the 1 - 30 June and the programme consistently addresses the political, social and cultural climate of Belfast, raising global issues and animating them through high caliber international photography.
The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.
For more information about the festival visit belfastphotofestival.com