Stuart Griffiths is an award-winning photographer who began taking photographs whilst serving in the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He left the British army to embark on furthering his education outside the military and gained a second class honors degree in editorial photography at the University of Brighton in 1997 before becoming a freelance photojournalist.
Griffiths’ photographs and articles have been published nationally and internationally, including: VICE, Dazed & Confused, Das Magazine, Vanity Fair, New York Daily News, Sunday Express, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, Guardian, Observer, Independent on Sunday Review & Sunday Times Magazine.
In 2009 the movie documentary Isolation [surrounding Griffiths’ photography on UK veterans] was premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival and screened at the Jersey War Tunnels before touring the UK through Curzon–Picture House cinemas. That same year, Griffiths was recipient of the Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN award for his exhibition Closer and was awarded a National Media Museum Bursary to make his first monograph The Myth of the Airborne Warrior (Photoworks, 2011) this was followed with the publication of Pigs’ Disco (Ditto, 2013).
In 2015, Griffiths relocated to Belfast and began researching his PhD on soldiers’ personal photographs. The Soldiers’ Camera: Barrack rooms To Battlefields that maps the trajectory from recruit to combat effective soldier on the battlefield through personal photographs. His thesis aims to ask its audiences what personal photographs “mean” and why this area of war photography has been seldom acknowledged and overlooked.
Stuart Griffiths has regularly contributed to film, radio and television and his photographs reside in major public and private collections including the National Media Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Archive of Modern Conflict.