About the Griffin Museum of Photography

Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum is the embodiment of founder Arthur Griffin’s passion — to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact. Arthur’s goal was to share with visitors his enthusiasm for a medium that is diverse, imaginative and informative. We are committed to continuing to encourage Arthur’s vision through the works we exhibit, the programs we offer, the artists we encourage and through Arthur’s own work which we proudly display.

Today, the Griffin Museum houses three galleries, and 4 satellite galleries dedicated solely to the exhibition of photographic arts.

Main Gallery

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  • 21st Juried Show: The Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition
  • Jul-9 –Aug-30, 2015

Opening reception July 9, 7 – 8:30 PM rsvp required
Gallery talk at 5 PM
Free for Members
Nonmembers $7

The Main Gallery

The largest of our three galleries, the Main Gallery is a showcase for rotating exhibitions from some of the world’s leading photographers. We take pride in showing prestigious bodies of work from diverse photographic genres, ranging from photojournalism to contemporary art, and historical to social commentary. Our exhibitions have featured the work of such photographic luminaries as Edward Weston, Sebastião Salgado and Edward Curtis, as well as contemporary iconoclast Jan Staller and celebrity photographer Peggy Sirota.

Griffin Gallery

Lindsey Beal
  • Transmission
  • Lindsey Beal
  • Jul-9 –Aug-31, 2015

Opening reception July 9th, 2015 from 7-8:30pm.
Lindsey Beal members’ talk at 6:30pm before the reception. The talk and reception are free and open to the public with an RSVP.

Atelier Gallery

Noritaka Minami
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  • Noritaka Minami
  • Jul-9 –Aug-31, 2015

Reception on July 9, 2015 7-8:30 PM

The Griffin Gallery and the Atelier Gallery

At the Griffin Museum, we are constantly reviewing works by new photographers with an eye toward capturing who the next great artist will be. Our Atelier and Griffin Gallery is reserved specifically for showcasing these artists, providing a rare opportunity to view their work before they are widely known.

The Griffin Museum at Digital Silve r Imaging

Chris Anthony
  • Seas Without A Shore
  • Chris Anthony
  • Jun-16 –Sep-11, 2015

Reception July 23, 2015 6 – 8 PM

Stoneham Theater

Daniel W. Coburn
  • The Hereditary Estate
  • Daniel W. Coburn
  • Jun-4 –Aug-24, 2015

Reception June 24, 2015 6:30 – 8:30

Cambridge Homes

Closed fall of 2014
Archive available

Lafayette City Center Passageway

Thad Russell
  • [Photo]gogues: New England 2015
  • See Below for Photographers
  • Apr-24 –

Reception April 28, 2015

The Griffin Museum at SoWa

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  • See Below for Photographers
  • Jun-2 –Jul-17, 2015

Satellite Galleries

The Griffin Museum also has four satellite galleries located in surrounding towns. We have a gallery in Stoneham, at the Stoneham Theatre, in Belmont at Digital Silver Imaging, Lafayette City Center in Boston Downtown Crossing and at 530 Harrison in the South End at the Griffin @ SoWa. See our links for current exhibits details.

About Arthur Griffin

Arthur Griffin

Arthur Griffin

Arthur Griffin was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on September 12, 1903. Originally trained to be an illustrator, in 1929 he picked up his first camera — a second-hand folding Brownie — and thus began a passion that would last a lifetime.

By the mid-1930’s, Arthur Griffin had become the exclusive photographer for the newly created Boston Globe Rotogravure Magazine and the New England photojournalist for Life and Time magazines. He went on to become a pioneer in the use of color film and provided the first color photographs to appear in the Saturday Evening Post — a two-page layout on New England.