George Griffin
Fine Art Photography

George Griffin is a Moncton New Brunswick based photographer who started his study of photography in 1973 when he immediately became interested in the historical aspects of the medium. In 1974-75 worked with artist Ron Stiles on fine art projects with a historical interest in rural New Brunswick. Ron suffered with Multiple Sclerosis and relied on George to provide images from which to paint. At the same time this allowed George to garner images for his own work and learn the finer points of composition from Ron. It was a relationship that lasted for many years later until Ron was no longer able to continue producing as an artist.

He started an apprenticeship in photo engraving and photomechanical Offset camera work at Moncton Publishing in 1975 where he worked and developed his craft for the next 27 years. During these years he had worked with the Photographic Historical Society of Canada doing research on alternative/archival photographic processes and photo history. During the early years he taught children's workshops at the Moncton Museum with the education department under the direction of Ruth Smith.

In 1982 he made the acquaintance of renowned photo historian, writer, publisher and researcher Luis Nadeau. It was under the direction of Mr. Nadeau that he further researched alternative photographic processes then settling on Color Carbon Transfer as the one which would meet the requirements for he taste in fine art applications. A lab was set up where he would spend winters developing the processes. After several years of research and practical experience he was able to master the most difficult and demanding of processes that of Color Carbon Transfer.

After 10 years of study and practice he held his first exhibit at the Moncton museum in 1984 entitled - A Visual Experience - with 60 images depicting many areas of visual development. In 1988 he produced an exhibit in Monochrome Carbon entitled - Reflections in a forest -. It featured 32 images produced from hand coated pigment carbon sheets. In 1990 he was invited by the director of Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Greg Findlay to produce a series of hand coated silver bromide images of the settlement. These were later circulated as an exhibit entitled - Yesterdays Color - to promote an interest in New Brunswick rural history.

The images were entered into the permanent collection of the River heritage gallery at Port Williams NB. In 1991 He has held many exhibits and has been invited to speak on the history of photography to many groups, colleges, universities and art schools. A list can be provided if necessary. You can contact Thaddeus Hallownia head of fine arts at Mount Allison University for reference in this area. He trained at Iteck in New Jersey on Color Theory for high-end print applications.

Continuous upgrading has always been his approach with courses in web design and desktop publishing added to his abilities. Presently he is working in a fine art process to print images in pigments on fine art paper using modern printing equipment.