Philip Jones Griffiths, who was born in Wales, studied pharmacy in Liverpool and worked in London while photographing part-time for the Manchester Guardian. He became a full-time freelancer for the London-based Observer in 1961.
“He covered the Algerian War in 1962, then moved to Central Africa. From there he moved to Asia, photographing in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971.”
“Griffiths’ work reflects on the unequal relationship between technology and humanity, summed up in his book Dark Odyssey. Human foolishness always attracted Griffiths’ eye, but, faithful to the ethics of the Magnum founders, he believed in human dignity and in the capacity for improvement.”