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Philip Jones Griffiths, 1936–2008

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 Unframed, 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, Unframed, 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 and worked as a chemist before he became a full-time freelance photographer in 1961. In 1962 Griffiths covered the war in Algeria, and from 1966 to 1971 he photographed the effects of war on the Vietnamese people. The resulting publication 'Vietnam Inc.' become a classic of photojournalism. He also photographed the Yom Kippur War and worked in Cambodia and Thailand. He became president of Magnum Photos in 1980.

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