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Philip Jones Griffiths, b.1936

Soldier Behind Shield, Northern Ireland1973

In this powerful Image Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths, renowned for his coverage of the Vietnam war, portrays the face of a young British soldier in Northern Ireland seen through a lacerated riot shield.

MediumDigital fibre based print
Dimensions 40.2 x 50.8 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2006
Item NumberIMMA.2188
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Philip Jones Griffiths, Soldier Behind Shield, Northern Ireland, 1973, Digital fibre based print, 40.2 x 50.8 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2006

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Philip Jones Griffiths 1936–2008

Welsh photographer Philip Jones Griffiths studied pharmacy in Liverpool and worked as a chemist while photographing part-time for the 'Manchester Guardian'. In 1961 he became a full-time freelancer for the 'Observer' newspaper. In 1962 Griffiths covered the war in Algeria, and from 1966 to 1971 he photographed the effects of war on the Vietnamese people. His book of photographs from that period, 'Vietnam Inc.' has since become a classic of photojournalism. From 1973 to 1977 Griffiths covered the Yom Kippur War and worked in Cambodia and Thailand. He moved to New York in 1980 to assume the presidency of Magnum Photos, a post he held for a record five years. Later in his career Griffiths revisited Vietnam and published two further books on the legacy of the war, 'Agent Orange' and 'Vietnam at Peace'.
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