Press Release

15 September 2011
 
 for immediate use
    
front cover 
back cover
Stuart Griffiths:
The Myth of The Airborne Warrior

limited edition of 500 copies
hard-back with 5 loose inserts
including a signed and numbered mini-lab print

available to pre-order now £15
 
ISBN: 978-1-903796-45-0
64pp
260 x 210mm
22 x 4 colour illustrations
 
published September 2011 by Photoworks
edited by: Gordon MacDonald
designed by: The Entente
 
Stationed as a partarooper in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s, Stuart Griffiths assembled an extraordinary archive of personal snapshots.

These photographs were made before Griffiths received any formal training in photography and document his experience of soldiering towards the end of the ‘Troubles'. Raw snapshots made for his own personal album, but powerfully evoking the boredom, frustration and fear felt by the group of very young men he served alongside.

This book presents these images with Griffith’s first-person narrative describing his changing feelings towards his choice to become a soldier and the validity of the British Army’s position in the conflict.

"The pride of being a Paratrooper after time turned to self-questioning, this turned to self-loathing and then self-hatred."

The intriguing tracks of the editor's pen remain visible throughout Griffith's text. The reader is shown how the editing process has highlighted the most shocking of Griffiths recollections - a purposefully reversed censor, deletes the innocuous and leaves the violent, unpleasant and disturbing untouched. 

The resulting publication is an intensely personal account of a trauma experienced by so many. Viewing the images now, from an age when we might be becoming used to images taken on mobile devices by servicemen, this record is no less shocking and stands as a reassessment of the complex relationship between photographs, memory and war.

Each book contains five facsimile items from Griffiths own ephemera collections : a rules of engagement card, a 'contact' report form, two nationalist posters and a signed and numbered mini-lab print.

Copies of The Myth of The Airborne Warrior can be pre- ordered direct through the Photoworks online shop for £15

https://www.photoworks.org.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=136

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© Stuart Griffiths
© Stuart Griffiths
© Stuart Griffiths
© Stuart Griffiths
Notes to Editors
 
All images are cleared for single image use (plus front and back cover images). All other press enquiries, for multi image use, high res images and to request press copies, please contact Photoworks +44 (0) 1273 607 500.

Stuart Griffiths began taking photographs whilst serving as a British soldier in Northern Ireland. His personal work on injured veterans Closer won the 2010 Brighton Photo Fringe Open and in the same year was awarded a grant by the National Media Museum. The documentary film Isolation about Stuart Griffiths' personal work was released in 2009 at the Edinburgh film festival. He continues to work on self-initiated photography projects and for national and international titles.
 
Gordon MacDonald is an artist, writer and curator. He is Head of Publications at Photoworks and Editor of Photoworks magazine.
 

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