Anthony Griffin studied a BA in Photographic Media with Griffith College, graduating in 2015.
He currently runs his own photography business, Anthony Griffin Photography.
“I am a full-time, freelance photographer and photo tutor both with class and online adult learners.
I have worked, been published and exhibited in Ireland and internationally. My clients range from individuals, community and State-funded groups, local government, commercial business, marketing companies, and international brands, performance groups and music festivals.
My personal work is predominantly but not limited to the areas of documentary, portraiture and event/PR photography.”
Why did you choose to study with Griffith College?
“The course curriculum (modules & subject matter), part-time learning availability and word of mouth. I loved the course. I was a mature, part-time student and in hindsight, even the personal ups and downs actually enhanced my learning, greatly assisted by supportive tutors.”
Anthony was keen to highlight the influential teaching staff and the industry-specific insights he received whilst studying at Griffith.
“All my lecturers and tutors influenced me, to be honest. Naturally, some will be more in line with one’s own self but they were all great, showed and taught me a lot. They were empathetic, supportive, encouraging and pushed me when required.”
Why did you choose to study photography?
“What: To take a chance and make a radical change. To learn more and gain additional personal fulfilment.
Who: Those who have gone before me and since, my peers.”
What's been your greatest achievement and challenge to date?
“Undertaking a part-time degree as a mature student and being awarded an Academic Achievement Award was an achievement I'm very proud of. I also gained experience in applying my learning by assisting other learners, for which I received a BTEC Tutor of the Year Award in 2019. My biggest challenge has been and remains working as a full-time freelancer.”
What are your future plans?
“To build on both little and large successes and maintain a career in photography.”
Finally, we asked Anthony some quick-fire questions.
Best piece of advice you've received:
“‘Do better, do different’ – Michael Durand, Journalism & Media Communications, Associate Lecturer. I received loads of advice from all GCD staff. This stuck in my head and I have borrowed Michael’s quote and frequently pass it on!”
Advice for recent graduates:
“Work efficiently, continue to listen and learn and if necessary, reserve a humble confidence.”
Starting out as a student again what would you have done differently?
“I would have worried less.”
How would you describe Griffith College in three words?