Philip Jones Griffith’s Dark Odyssey
Philip Jones-Griffiths' eagerly anticipated retrospective traces his 40-year journey documenting war-torn areas across the globe
Philip Jones Griffiths’ eagerly anticipated retrospective, Dark Odyssey traces his 40-year journey through a chaotic world, from his native Wales to the ravaged villages of war-torn Vietnam, through Europe, Africa, and Asia in more than one hundred black-and-white photographs.
The collision of culture and ideology is often the basis of Griffiths’ work, sometimes in simple pairings of figures, other times in a dizzying throng of life. Love, death, frivolity, politics, violence; the images in Dark Odyssey (the first collection since Griffiths’ acclaimed Vietnam Inc. in 1971) comment on virtually every aspect of human life, offering a gripping and unforgettable view of both the beauty and devastation of our era, with an in-depth profile of the photographer by the New Yorker writer, Murray Sayle.