Harry Griffin: My name is Harry, these are my pictures and they are nice

23 November 2024 – 2 March 2025
FREE / No booking required
NGCA Collection Space

My Name is Harry… is the first gallery exhibition of British photographer Harry Griffin on display across NGCA Collection Space and Pop Recs (172-175 High St W, Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1UP). The exhibition comprises hundreds of photographs from Harry’s photographic archive providing a unique insight into Britain’s vibrant comedy circuit, family and friendships, moments of joy, celebration and boredom all shot through with wit, humour and candid moments of life on tour.

From his position as tour manager Harry Griffin has photographed what is normally unseen, the everyday life of gigging with some of the UK’s most loved and celebrated comedians and performers including Joe Lycett, Phil Wang, Nina Conti, Philip Rosenthal, Elis James, Matt Chorley to name a few. The close personal photos capture a vibrant comedy scene consistently pushing the boundaries and addressing important political and social issues both on and off stage. This is seen in a selection of photographs taken at a Pride event organised for Joe Lycett’s comedy tour in 2023. The photographs demonstrate how humour, creativity, performance and freedom of expression connect across society.

Several of the stories contained within the photographs are illuminated through a newly commissioned interview film between Harry Griffin and Joe Lycett where they share their close friendship, touring experiences and favourite service stations.

Harry’s photography also moves beyond the stage and green rooms, to capture the particularities of human nature, good old British wit and urban landscapes. The photographs reveal a sharp eye for composition and a warmth and tenderness achieved through the reassuring lens of Harry Griffin.

Curated with Gabrielle Barkess-Kerr. This exhibition has been produced in partnership with the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland.

Image: Harry Griffin, Kissing by the Exford, Melbourne, May 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

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