June 29 – July 31, 2023
Reflecting on the Griffin Museum of Photography’s archive of Arthur Griffin’s work, this exhibition highlights the work of the museum’s founder and the beautiful New England scenery with which he was so enamored. The clear skies, ocean views, and portraits of local families show a clear lifetime commitment to photographing and documenting the joy of New England summers in this online exhibition, A Summer with Arthur Griffin.
Life Magazine names Arthur Griffin as one of New England’s earliest photojournalists “known for his landscape photography of the region.” Originally trained to be an illustrator, Arthur Griffin became a photographer after picking up a second hand folding Brownie, launching a lifelong passion and career in photography. He became the exclusive photographer for the Boston Globe Rotogravure Magazine and a photojournalist for Life and Time Magazines.
Arthur’s legacy lives on at the Griffin Museum of Photography, founded in 1992 to promote an appreciation of photographic art and foster a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact. The museum honors Arthur Griffin as its founder by maintaining his legacy through the visual archive. Here are just a few examples from the archive, highlighting his work and celebrating the spirit of summer.
Written By: Maeve Kydd, Curatorial summer intern, 2023
Research By: Kaitlyn Hughes, Archive summer intern 2023