Griffiths, Philip Jones. (3 of 9). Oral History of British Photography

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    Phaidon publishers office, London, United Kingdom

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    Griffiths, Philip Jones, 1936- (speaker, male)

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    Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)

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    Part 3. An explanation of Philip Jones Griffiths's (PJG) reasons for becoming a photographer and his moral position around it. His understanding of photography arrived at by voracious reading, including Picture Post and about Magnum. Initially impressed by the mechanics of photography it was Cartier Bresson who demonstrated that photography included aesthetics. Comments on the ways in which photography is rewarding as a lifetime pre-occupation. The continuing need for photo journalism. PJG's early years working as a pharmacist while building up his photographic work. Living in his office/darkroom in Goodge St. Selected as a 'star' by Photography Annual. 1961-3 work for the Sunday Times and Observer then three years of freelance work travelling extensively and frequently. In 1966 became a Magnum Associate and went to Vietnam with a publication brief which Adrian Henri helped him set up. Wanted a major project to get his teeth into.

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