The album cover is an under-appreciated art form. Designed to capture the attention, sell records and provide hints as to the identity and personality of the performers, the album cover is symbolic of a period in time in which the full-length album was all-important. Beginning with the first mass-produced records and ending with the move to digital, this period lasted the best part of 70 years, during which record covers were considered significant artworks and a great deal of money, skill and time were devoted to their design.
In the ’80s, Brian Griffin was regarded as one of the essential music photographers in the UK. With a background in portraiture and a willingness to embrace punk and post-punk’s DIY ethos, he went from a freelancer focused on editorial photography to one of music’s most in-demand photographers and an album cover specialist.
While he is best known for the classic covers of two Depeche Mode albums (Construction Time Again and A Broken Frame), he was also responsible for other notable covers, including Echo & the Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain and Porcupine, Iggy Pop’s Loco Mosquito, Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Dazzle.
All of our Brian Griffin album covers are framed in heavyweight, wood-effect Polcore frames for a premium finish. Whether you’re looking for iconic 1980s album covers, searching for limited edition album cover prints and posters, or want to buy a loved one a personalised present by picking out their favourite album artwork, our Album Covers Collection is the perfect place to start.