Tom Griffiths

Tom's interest in photography began as a child, being amazed whilst watching his neighbour conjure images out of mysterious chemical filled trays in his red lit workshop. He remembers thinking it was some sort of sorcery or alchemy.

During various trips to Europe he began to catch the bug of documentary - using a camera as a sort of diary style of photography. On his first trip to Mexico in the mid nineties he met and travelled with a photojournalist. Watching her use the camera to create pictorial stories gave him his first realisation of the communicative power within still images and although he has gone on to experiment with many styles and types of photography over the years, this has always remained a key element in his work.

Whilst studying HND Photography at Mid Cheshire College he worked as a stage photographer at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), during which time he began to take a lot more interest in lighting and portraiture. It was here Tom met and began to collaborate with students from the sound technology department, which in turn led him to work with various DJ's, a Birmingham based DJ agency called Resistance and clubbing magazines such as Mix Mag and M8.

On leaving college Tom decided to head back to Latin America where he lived, worked and travelled for the most part of six and a half years, publishing work with Getty Images, Pagina 12, Clarin and an Argentine travel magazine called Lugares. His last major work there before returning to the UK was a video and still image documentary for Feria Cooperativas America Latina. It was an installation promoting cooperativism in South America. This was exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Recoleta in Buenos Aires on the 25th of November 2007.

Contact Tom

Phone: 07445 271 000
Email: mail@tomgriffithsphotography.co.uk

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