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Photo Courtesy: Suzanne Griffiths
Trevor Griffiths is a photographer whose work over the past thirty years has been celebrated in publications and exhibitions around the world. His autobiography “The Long Road Home” has recently been published in both paperback and digital download @Amazon.co.uk and traces Griffiths life over the past sixty-years. Over this time he has been commissioned to cover stories on the English Aristocracy, some of the great photographers and stories that depicted the diverse lifestyle of UK cultures. In 1998 he travelled to Thailand to cover the street children of Bangkok and whilst covering the story met and documented the work of Krau Prateep in his pictures ‘The Rescuers’.
In 1999 Griffiths was invited to speak about his work to students at a local College and whilst there was encouraged to stay and head the development of their photography programme.
In 2007 he was invited by the British Council to visit Taipei and Moscow on cultural missions and spoke about his work at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei and also at Moscow University. Griffiths’ skills were demonstrated in 2009 when invited to visit South Korea he identified opportunities for collaboration at key leading South Korean Universities and these continue to build international bridges to this day.
In 2010 Griffiths was invited by the British Council to visit India as part of a team exploring opportunities to collaborate with Indian Institutions. His meeting with Whistling Woods International in Film City, Mumbai has allowed Griffiths to gain an insight into the Indian Film Industry and to build lasting relationships with like-minded people. Griffiths continues to work as a photographer and ‘The Long Road Home’ is an honest and open reflection of one person’s journey, a journey that explores the struggles he faced after losing the sight in his eye at a young age, to living on the streets as a child. He is constantly in demand to talk about his life and his achievements and in 2012 was awarded an honorary professorship from the Whistling Woods International Film School.
Griffiths at the age of sixty-five now divides his time between photography and public speaking.
“My friends tell me I have led an incredibly interesting life and that the stories I tell to audiences are fascinating and inspirational. I am humbled by the compliments but feel somewhat distant from the descriptions as this life I have led is the only one I know. There was little choice involved in the development of my stories, they just happened around me and to me and so to be asked to recount them to interested audiences never ceases to surprise me. You will read early in my biography why I lack the skills necessary to write. You may even wonder how someone like me has been able to produce a book, stay employed and sustain relationships. None of these have come easy and I do rant at the computer, myself and the wall with frequency and more so at my inability to string a coherent sentence together at times.
On paper, my CV looks fairly impressive for a Bradford boy who ran away from home and school at 14. A self-taught photographer, my work over the past thirty years has been celebrated in publications and exhibitions around the world and I still work as a freelance photographer producing imagery for a diverse range of subjects. Back in the 80’s I was instrumental in reproducing a new collection of imagery for the world’s oldest postcard company Bamforth and Co in Holmfirth in the UK which served as an introduction to professional practice. This work led on to commissions for magazines, covering the English aristocracy, the world’s greatest photographers and hundreds of stories that depicted the diverse lifestyle of UK cultures. In 1998 I travelled to Thailand to cover the story of paedophiles that were actively operating in Bangkok and whilst covering the story met and documented the work of Krau Prateep ‘The Rescuers’ shot in the illegal slum area in the docklands of the city.
Despite failing to secure anything much in the way of a traditional education, I started teaching in 1999 initially as a visiting lecturer and was encouraged to head the development of the recently established photography area.
Years of working trades taught me the entrepreneurial skills which were called upon in 2009 whilst visiting South Korea. I identified opportunities for collaboration at key Instituitions Travelling frequently and delivering lectures in new digital capture technology prepared me for the future challenges in preparing students to fully understand the opportunities of working in a global arena.
In 2008 I took my first trip to India as part of a team exploring opportunities to collaborate with Indian Institutions through the United Kingdom India educational research initiative (UKIERI). Meeting with Whistling Woods International in Mumbai led on to producing an award winning Animation Titled Music of Life, which was the result of a collaboration of Indian and Bradford students, to, developing and opening the Bradford –WWI Film School.
This was an ambitious initiative and in its first year I witnessed the most extraordinary response from both the Industry and academic Institutions
After my retirement from education I am continuing to follow my passion as a photographer and whilst I am the first to admit that my role as Director of the Film School and as an educator was an incredibly important chapter in my professional life, I still find most satisfaction in inspiring people young and old. Reading the Long Road Home, you will find a critical reflection of my personal journey, as a young boy living on the streets, to fulfilling many of my own ambitions.
My successes and failures are the sum of my life experiences laid out before you”.