Philip Jones Griffiths: A Welsh Focus on War and Peace
July 9, 2015
by Philip Jones Griffiths
A new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Philip Jones Griffiths, is to be staged at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. Philip Jones Griffiths – A Welsh Focus on War and Peace features explores his early work in Britain, his world renowned photographs documenting various wars and their effects, as well as lesser known works in the period leading up to his death in 2008. For the first time, many of Griffiths’ cameras, personal papers and artefacts will also be displayed alongside his photographs.
Born in Rhuddlan, Wales, in 1936 Philip Jones Griffiths studied pharmacy in Liverpool before taking up a career as a freelance photojournalist. Griffiths is best known for his wartime photography, particularly his 1971 book 'Vietnam Inc', which is widely held to have been influential in helping to turn public opinion against the war. However he developed his skills through his social and documentary photography of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. During his incredible career his assignments, often self-engineered, took him to over 120 countries and his photographs appeared in every major magazine in the world.
The Library is home to the Philip Jones Griffiths archive, which includes approximately 150,000 slides and 30,000 prints.
Entry to the Library is free. The Library is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:30am-6pm and on Saturdays between 9.30am-5pm.