Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom

Main Gallery

March 18 – April 23, 2011

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The battle for Saigon. Pity the poor fighting man in Vietnam. The problem was always too much water or too little., 1968
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

In Quang Ngai Province everything that moved was a target., 1967
6 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The battle for Saigon. Refugee from U.S. bombing., 1968
6 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1969

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Called 'Little Tiger' for killing two 'Vietcong women cadre' - his mother and teacher, it was rumored., 1968
9 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

This woman was tagged, probably by a sympathetic corpsman, with the designation VNC (Vietnamese civilian)., 1967
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

U.S. soldiers with a group of captured Vietcong suspects, Quin Hon, South Veitnam., 1967
7 3/4 x 11 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

This girl was dancing for a group of U.S. Navy personnel on a makeshift stage when she was joined by two unwelcome spectators. Nha Be, Vietnam., 1970
6 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The Battle for Saigon, 1968
7 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

This was a village a few miles from My Lai. It was a routine operation - troops were on a typical 'search and destroy' mission. Quang Ngai, Vietnam., 1967
6 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vietnam. Hue. Refugees flee across a damaged bridge,. c.1968
6 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Cambodia, 1970
9 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Mekong River., 1967
10 1/2 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

G.I. During urban fighting, Saigon, 1968
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Soldier seen through shield, Northern Ireland, 1973
14 x 11 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Northern Ireland, 1972
12 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, date unknown
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, date unknown
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Shopping scene, Derry, Northern Ireland, 1972
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

British soldier, Northern Ireland, 1973
10 x 12 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

In an attempt to impose the American value system on the Vietnamese, the Marines concluded operations called, in Orwellian Newspeak, 'county fairs.', 1967
8 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

South Vietnam. Phu Me. As a young child, this boy had been in the arms of his fleeing mother as she was hit by machine-gun fire from a helicoptor outside their home., 1970
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Cambodia. Prisoners of war were afforded very different treatment by each side. Americans were treated reasonably (the ranting of the MIA movement in America aside), whereas captured Vietcong were tortured, raped, and killed. 1970
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

U.S. combat troops arrive, outnumbering the enemy 3 to 1 and possessing the most sophisticated military hardware; the job seemed easy, 1968
8 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vietnam. The Saigon fire department had the job of collecting the dead from the streets during the Tet Offensive, 1968
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

U.S. soldier speaking with a Vietnamese woman, 1970
|13 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Wounded Marine in Hue, 1968
7 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The battle for Saigon. ARVN soldier enters battle armed with toothbrush and playmate., 1968
8 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Soldiers never marched, they hunted 'Cong' by helicoptor, 1968
8 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Northern Ireland. The British occupation has denied many their childhood, 1973
7 x 10 3/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1973

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Fifth Marine Commando force (during the Vietnamese New Year celebration of the TET, the city of Hue), 1968
11 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vietnam. Hue., 1968
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1968

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Pickpocketing is one way the Vietnamese have of snatching a piece of the 'green dream., 1970
8 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Laugharne, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Philip Jones Griffiths: Maelstrom 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Boy Destroying Piano, Wales, 1961
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed later

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to present Maelstrom an exhibition of photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths’ coverage of the Vietnam War and the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1970s. Griffiths is best known for his wartime photography, particularly his 1971 book Vietnam Inc., which was crucial in challenging America’s attitudes about the war in Vietnam. His photographs of Northern Ireland follow in the same detailed tradition of his examination of Vietnam, capturing in striking images the upheaval of a domestic war and its political and social ramifications.