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The Great War through the ironic lens of Brian Griffin


Invited to Béthune by the LaBanque art center, the British photographer Brian Griffin covered the fronts of the First World War. Searching for memories, and traces, his imagination was confronted to the flat plains and potato fields of the Artois region. He portrays the area with tenderness, capturing its gentle colors and piecing together its history. Commemorations give sometimes rise to astonishing missions. Among the plethora of works produced to help perpetuate memory, we occasionally encounter some that depart from the usual heavy-handed approach. Brian Griffin’s oeuvre belongs to this category. It stands out by its sense of humor and...

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