George Byron ("Geordie") Griffiths was born on the 23rd of
January 1971 in Beeville, Texas. He graduated from the high school in
Edina, Minnesota in 1989, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1993. He took
his very first Photography course during the spring semester of his senior
year at St. John's, which lit a passion that he has since pursued vigorously.
In 1997, Griffiths began a formal apprenticeship in photography with Minneapolis
photo-journalist Keri Pickett, a move which cemented his career as a professional
Griffiths was awarded a McKnight Foundation Individual Artist Grant
in 1996 to prepare an exhibit of photographs of children with disabilities
competing in Special Olympics. Three of those children continue to be
the subjects of an on-going personal photo-documentary book project.
In 1998, Griffiths received a commission to complete a photo-documentary
project entitled “Raising and Educating Children” for the
Minnesota Historical Society’s “Minnesota 2000” project.
His photographs are now included in the Historical Society’s Fine
Art Collections, and were reproduced in the book Minnesota in Our
Time: A Photographic Portrait (Minnesota Historical Society Press,
St. Paul, MN, June 2000).
His photographs have been published in several newspapers, magazines,
journals, and books. Griffiths has lectured at The Minnesota Historical
Society (St. Paul, MN), pARTs Photographic Arts (Minneapolis, MN), The
Phipps Center for the Arts (Hudson, WI), and Central Lakes College (Brainerd,
Griffiths’ photographs have been exhibited at pARTs Gallery (Minneapolis,
MN), the IceBox Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), The Rourke Art Gallery Museum
(Moorhead, MN), the College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph, MN), the Minnesota
State Fair Fine Art Exhibit (St. Paul, MN), and the Minnesota Historical
Society (St. Paul, MN). His photographs are included private, institutional,
and museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX).
Griffiths works as a freelance editorial, commercial, and wedding photographer
in Minneapolis. His clients have included: Children’s Hospitals
and Clinics (Minneapolis, MN), The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN),
LarsonAllen Marketing (Minneapolis, MN), and The Trust For Public Land
(San Francisco, CA). Griffiths conducts artist residencies in several
area schools and teaches photography at the Edina Art Center (Edina, MN).