Ken Griffiths

Kenneth Griffiths (1945 - 2014) was a world-renowned documentary and portrait photographer. He used either platinum printing or a colour technique known as Carbro printing, invented in 1863 but almost extinct when he picked it up 100 years later. Involving printing in many layers with pigments rather than dyes, the technique allowed him to play with colour, contrast, sharpness and detail. This gave his photographs a rare, microscopic depth that often made them look like paintings.

Griffiths was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, to Edward, originally from South Wales, and his wife Gwladys (nee Winson), from Cornwall. In 1969, Griffiths enrolled at the Royal College of Art, and then stayed on in London, while spending much time in Wales and considering the island of Elba another home.

Norwegian Church Arts Centre

11am - 5pm Mon - Sun


Harbour Drive,

Cardiff Bay,



CF10 4PA