Bryan David Griffith’s work is held in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie BMG (Woodstock, NY), Open Shutter Gallery (Durango, CO), Translations Gallery (Denver), and the Shanghai International Photo Festival (China). His 2012 exhibition and large-scale installation project at the Flagstaff Photography Center was nominated for Flagstaff’s Art, Science, or Cultural Event of the Year—the first time a solo art exhibition earned a nomination from the committee. His recent group exhibitions include The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Phoenix Art Museum, Panopticon Gallery (Boston), Afterimage Gallery (Dallas), Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University, and Art Intersection (Phoenix). His work has been featured in magazines specializing in fine photography including Arizona Highways, B&W, and Diffusion. Despite these successes, he’s most grateful for the ordinary people that have been inspired to collect his work and allow him to spend his life doing something he loves.

Bryan’s unconventional career began when he stumbled upon an abandoned, dog-eared copy of Henry Horenstein’s Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual and built a makeshift darkroom while studying engineering at the University of Michigan. After graduation he left engineering for big business, building a successful career with an international management consulting firm. However, Bryan found his job increasingly unfulfilling and his clients environmentally dubious. He ultimately resigned to follow his conscience. Searching for a way to support himself and pursue photography full-time, he adopted a simple nomadic life, camping out and saving every dime for film and gas while driving across the country to sell his photographs at juried fine art fairs. This experience led to a personal connection with America’s public lands, reflected in his first body of work, Listen to the Wild. When Bryan’s van broke down in Flagstaff, Arizona, he fell in love with the mountain town—and then his wife—and has called it home ever since.

His latest body of work, In a Big World Wandering, was born on the road with his wife and muse, craftsperson Tasha Miller Griffith. More than a travelogue, Bryan mines his personal experience to create narrative fragments about the human condition that seem recalled or imagined. He uses basic and homemade film equipment to make his work—simple images that invite quiet contemplation.

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