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

  • Winter Solstice 2016 Exhibition
  • See List
  • Dec-8 –Jan-1, 2017

Reception December 8, 2016 6-8 PM

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

  • Painting and Photography Found in Collection
  • Contemporary Photography from the Danforth Art Museum Permanent Collection
  • Dec-8 –Jan-1, 2017

Reception December 8, 2016 6-8 PM

Atelier Gallery

Edie  Bresler
  • Found Spaces Found in Collection
  • Contemporary Photography from the Danforth Art Museum Permanent Collection
  • Dec-8 –Jan-1, 2017

Reception December 8, 2016 6-8 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

  • NEPR 2016 Exhibition
  • See Text
  • Dec-1 –Jan-8, 2017

Reception 4-6 on Sunday Dec 4

Stoneham Theater

  • Donna Tramontozzi
  • Nov-29 –Feb-5, 2017

Opening reception will take place on Feb 1, 2017 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

Cambridge Homes

Closed fall of 2014
Archive available

Lafayette City Center Passageway

Vicky Stromee
  • Space
  • Nov-9 –Jan-15, 2017

The Griffin Museum at SoWa

Michael Hintlian
  • The Big Dig
  • Michael Hintlian
  • Oct-4 –Jan-30, 2017

Reception on November 4 from 6-8 PM

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.