"I photographed the workers at Broadgate like knights lying in state in a cathedral with their swords”– Brian Griffin
Inspired by his respect for workers, Griffin constructed these iconic images using some of the *Broadgate Development’s builders to create imaginary Sarcophagi as a testament to the ultimate sacrifice that 14 men suffered while working on the project. A little-known fact... Tools replace swords, but the pose is the same, and so is the ending… The pictures also echo his childhood as both his parents were workers themselves in the English Midlands when industry was booming but also where health and safety wasn’t a priority. Griffins incredibly acute style and emotional input into these pictures make the images both intriguing and incredibly moving.
WORK, 1988 - is a seminal book in the history of photography. The Work book went on to be awarded the Best Photography book in the World at the Barcelona Primavera Fotografica 1991.*Broadgate, on the site of the former Broadgate station, was the largest and most significant speculative development of the 1980s.
“The development’s ‘iconic status’, commercial success and critical acclaim had given it ‘an enduring place in the canon of British commercial architecture … It represents a place-making achievement of a very high order, creating a piece of city within the City that was a benchmark for later-20th-century urbanism on this scale.’” - Historic England
This is a Classic & Iconic Print from WORK series... A real gem for any art and photography collection. “I think that Brian is one of the most interesting portrait photographers ever. His portrait photography belongs to another time. Portrait photography today is like so simple, so straightforward, so it seems that all photography portraits are alike. Brian is different and Brian has a craziness in him – a craziness in a way to see the world, and intensity that belongs only to him.” – Francois Hébel, Director, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (present), Director, Les Rencontres d’Arles (1986-1987, 2001-2014)
Set of 7 iconic images; 6 + 1): Lift Engineer, Sewage Pipe layer, Plumber, Welder, Plasterer, Riveter and Carpenter., 1986 (6 x Vintage Gelatin Silver Print plus 1 x Modern Gelatin Silver Print, Framed) also available for purchase - See the images and read more information on our ARTSY page or enquire for more details.