Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham, England, in 1948. After graduated from school in 1972, Griffin became a freelance photographer in London. In November the same year, he accepted the “Management Today” magazine commission, to complete his first shooting task.
In 1988, he published a photographic work “Work”, won the “World’s Best Book Award”, and held the same name solo exhibition in the British national portrait gallery. In 1989, British “Guardian” rated him as the “Best Photographer of the Decade”.
From 1991 to 2002, Griffin has been working as a film director.In 2009, Griffin and the president of the London Olympics Committee initiated a photography project named “Road to 2012” for London Olympics, which was displayed at the British National Portrait Gallery.In 2010, Griffin held a large retrospective exhibition "face to face" in Birmingham.In September 2013, Griffin was awarded the “Centenary Medal” by the British Royal Society of Photography in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of photography.On March 3, 2014, Griffin received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University for his contribution to Birmingham.