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Photographer Brian Griffin, Who Shot Depeche Mode's Iconic Album Covers, Dies

Griffin’s move to London also came around the same time as punk music was emerging and he started shooting bands for independent record label Stiff Records.

His photography experience shooting businessmen translated perfectly to the bands of the time who also dressed in suits and ties, such as The Jam and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

Over the following years, Griffin went on to shoot iconic portraits and album covers for music artists such as Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux, R.E.M., Echo & The Bunnymen, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Queen, and Peter Gabriel.

A Pioneer of ‘Capitalist Realism’ in Photography

However, it was Griffin’s artistic partnership with Depeche Mode that defined his career and shot him to fame. Griffin took the photographs for the band’s first five albums.

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