Ken Griffiths (New Zealander
Lot 132
Ken Griffiths (New Zealander, born 1945) Smithfield, 1995 Image 49 x 59.5cm (19 1/4 x 23 3/8in).
£3,000 - 5,000
US$ 4,700 - 7,800

Lot Details
Ken Griffiths (New Zealander, born 1945)
Smithfield, 1995
Platinum print, signed and numbered '5/5' on the reverse. Framed.
Image 49 x 59.5cm (19 1/4 x 23 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • Ken Griffiths's series of photographs of Smithfield, London's historic meat market, was created out of a desire to record a way of life threatened with extinction. At a time when changes in industry regulations foretold the end of long-established working practices at the market, the photographer purposefully rejected the colours of the place, shooting in black and white to tell a premature ghost story. Contrasting with the grand architecture of the market building are the deadpan expressions on the faces of the workers as they go about their routines; as if a smile at the camera would have seemed indecent. These candid images expose the mechanics - solemn, bloody and gruesome, yet nonetheless awe-inspiring - behind our well-fed existences.
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