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The 80s' 'Photographer of the Decade' Has A Gallery Opening In Chelsea Tonight

Photographer Brian Griffin has a new gallery coming to the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea tonight. Capitalist Realism, as the gallery is named, features 75 of the British artist's best photographs.

Giving his own sardonic take on the Socialist Realism movement, Griffin made his mark depicting the victors and victims of globalization in the 1980s. Griffin also saw success in popular culture during this era, contributing album covers for acts like Depeche Mode, Devo and Iggy Pop.

The cover to Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell (1981).

The cover to Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell (1981).

Hailed as “the photographer of the decade” by the Guardian in 1989, the award-winning portraitist draws influence from his religious upbringing to capture the duality of his stratified subjects. Though black and white makes up much of his catalog, Griffin’s color work is nothing to scoff at, either.

Capitalist Realism runs at the Steven Kasher Gallery (at West 26th Street, just by the Highline) until April 9.

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