The English photographer BRIAN GRIFFIN has died

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The English photographer Brian Griffin has died at the age of 75.

Griffin had become famous for his iconic portraits and album covers of celebrated artists such as Depeche Mode and Iggy Pop.

Born in Birmingham, he graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 1972 and moved to London at the dawn of punk, being drawn into the orbit of Stiff Records. Combining commissioned musical portraits with his own artistic inclinations, Brian Griffin helped define the visual language of British pop at the dawn of the ’80s.

His many historic portraits of The Jam and Elvis Costello, his work has been used on the cover of seminal albums by the likes of Joe Jackson, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen and more.

It is perhaps his work with Depeche Mode that represents Brian Griffin’s closest connection to the world of music.
His photography was used on the band’s first five studio albums, while the shot of “A Broken Frame” would later be named Photograph Of The Decade by Time in 1990.

Creeper Sanguivore

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