Dewi Lewis have just announced the discovery of a small number of copies of Brian Griffin’s extremely rare classic photobook ‘Open’, which features in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History, vol. I.
Published in 1988 in an edition of only 350 copies, Brian found himself too occupied with other projects to be able to focus on selling all the print run and put the balance into temporary store. Over twenty years later he rediscovered them!
Quirky portraits, enigmatic still lifes and landscapes in a similar vein, all appear in Open, which was self-published along with a number of other photobooks by Griffin under the imprint Black Pudding. These were projects of self-expression as well as being ‘calling cards’.