“Working with Brian Griffin was an absolute joy and inspiration. He was a true friend and over the years, we had many deep conversations about photography and his encyclopaedic knowledge of music.” – Daniel Miller
Here at Mute, we are very saddened by the loss of our dear friend Brian Griffin.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Mute’s aesthetic would not have developed the way it did without Brian. His incredible eye and incredible mind gave a visual pathway to the music that had meaning, scope and space.
There are not many great photographic album covers that are captured fully within the frame, but Brian did just that. He’d have the idea – often an outlandish one – which on paper seems impossible to capture, but then went out and did it. It’s the idea that’s difficult, and where the genius is; the execution of the idea was Brian nonchalantly being the master of his craft.
We were lucky enough to work with Brian creatively a number of times, notably on Depeche Mode, but it was his friendship we cherished more than anything and we will miss him.
If you are not familiar with his work, seek it out, allow your eyes to feast on these magnificent images for the first time.
If you are familiar with his work, remind yourself of how his photography, the art, the portraits, told you nothing whilst telling you everything, and what a wonderful entrance to music and personality he gave you.