London: self-published, 1978. Offset. Saddle stapled in illustrated wraps. 8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4 in. pp. Very good; minor bumps and creases to wraps, inside clean and tight. Item #6299
First edition of Griffin’s first photobook, produced with designer Barney Bubbles, known for his work at New Musical Express, Oz, and across the UK music scene of the 1970s.
After graduating in 1972 from Manchester College of Art and Design, Griffin began working with the art director of Management Today, Roland Schenk. Schenk encouraged Griffin’s sensibilities, incorporating theatrical and filmic elements into his commercial photography; the resulting style later influenced the visual language of commercial photography. Copyright 1978 includes a number of photographs produced for Management Today alongside work produced for other clients, including one made during a session for Devo’s Be Stiff album cover.
Barney Bubbles, a designer that caught Griffin’s attention through work published in NME, designed this photobook. Griffin asked Bubbles to interpret each photograph into a simple diagram, printed on the same page or opposite as the photographs they represented, allowing for the composition of the photographs to extend past their borders. The duo continued to collaborate on commercial projects and artist publications for years.