Rare Photobook by Brian Griffin Recently Discovered

A 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. is soon available by Dewi Lewis Publishing. 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’. Orders are now being taken and the edition will be released in November 2012.