Published in 1988 by Black Pudding and designed by John Warwicker
21 b&w photographs
with tissue overlays
92 pages, 255 x 230mm
Quarter bound hardback,
bound in a yellow cloth
with plain boards and with
a protective card box
65 signed & numbered copies
priced at £125.00
25 collector’s editions
with a signed & numbered
10 x 8 silver print: £275.00
UK shipping included.
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Photographs by BRIAN GRIFFIN
We are very excited to announce 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. 2.
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!
As Parr and Badger note, “Griffin came to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the generation of Chris Killip, Graham Smith, and John Davies amongst others. However, he positioned himself at a remove from the prevailing social documentary ideology of British photography at that time. In the early 1970s, he was ‘discovered’ by Roland Schenk, art editor of the magazine, Management Today, and began a highly successful career taking corporate portraits… Yet his style was always slightly subversive, its surreal qualities gently ‘biting the hand that fed him’….”
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’.
“Open was made after the death of his father and of his close friend, the graphic designer Barney Bubbles. It serves as a memorial. You have to open the book to get to heaven, but opening it cutting the tape and folded pages destroys it. The book is a metaphor for life, the further we get into it, the more knowledge we gain, but the closer we are to the final end and its closure. Like all Griffin’s books, it has higher production values than the usual self-published photobooks of the period and is presented like a Japanese book, where packaging is everything. Such a concept also has a special commercial advantage, because serious book collectors are honour-bound to buy two copies one to open and read, the other to remain closed and inviolate.” (The Photobook: A History, vol. 2: Phaidon Press, 2004)
There are now just a handful of copies left. To reserve a copy or for further information please contact Dewi Lewis or Caroline Warhurst on 0161 442 9450 or by email to email@example.com
This limited edition has been repackaged for this release and whilst the book itself is the original 1988 edition the packaging differs.