As part of our upcoming show on Sat. December 12, 2015, "May the Art be with You: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far, Away" we couldn't be more pleased to include the work of master photographer Brian Griffin. Brian served as the cast photographer for Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and will be showing limited edition original prints of Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew as Han Solo and Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa and David Prowse as Darth Vader.
Brian was born in Birmingham on the 13th April 1948 but lived in the Black Country until going to Manchester Polytechnic (1969-72) to study photography. Since 1972 he has lived in London as a freelance photographer getting his first commission for Management Today in November 1972. His work was first exhibited in the “Young British Photographers” in 1975. In 1988 he published the book Work with a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery. Work went on to be awarded the Best Photography book in the World at the Barcelona Primavera Fotografica 1991. In 1989 the Guardian newspaper proclaimed him to be “The Photographer Of The Decade”. Also Life magazine used the photograph “A Broken Frame” on its front cover of a special supplement “The Greatest Photographs of The 80s”.
From 1991 until 2002 Brian worked as a film director making TV Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films. In 2003 he worked on Birmingham’s bid to become the European Capital City Of Culture followed by a retrospective at the Art Museum Reykjavik Iceland in 2005. He then produced a book and exhibition for the Royal opening of St. Pancras Station and High Speed 1 in 2007. In 2009 He became the patron of the Derby Festival of Photography and continues to be the Festivals patron. For the London Olympics in 2009 he launched the photography project “Road To 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery alongside Lord Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes. In 2010 he had a major retrospective of portraiture entitled “Face to Face” in Birmingham. In September 2013 he received the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography. Recently he has been commissioned and exhibited at “Marseille Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture”, also for “Reference Works” the photography project to celebrate with a book and exhibition the building and opening of the New Birmingham Library. This was followed by a retrospective of his corporate photography in Bologna Italy during October 2013.
On March 3rd 2014, he received a Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his lifetime contribution to the City of Birmingham.
Enjoy this video below of Brian on the BBC giving a spoken word performance about his work on Work.
Artist Website: http://briangriffin.co.uk
About "May the Art be with You: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away"
A touchstone for every generation, Star Wars and its epic tale of the hero’s journey, captures our imaginations. From the frozen tundra of Hoth to the swamps of the Dagobah System, the indelible mark left from A Galaxy Far, Far Away is unmatched in popular culture.
In Studio SoHy’s latest installment, artists explore their own experiences and interpret Star Wars' impact upon the American milieu. Come join us for our final show of 2015. Journey deep into your imagination and explore the infinite.
Opening Reception Details
Sat. Dec 12, 7-11 p.m.
4327 Gallatin St.
Hyattsville, MD 20781 (View on Google Maps)
All ages | 21+ for adult beverages
Kids under 12 free
$12 Early bird tickets (available until Dec. 5th)
$15 Regular tickets
Complimentary beverages provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon
Tickets limited to 250. This event will sell out.