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'Save these photographs for Wales'.

A RELATIVE of arguably Wales' greatest ever photographer has called for swift action to protect the legacy of images he left to the nation.

The fate of Philip Jones Griffiths' work is yet to be decided, nine months after the 72-year-old's death in March from cancer.

Mr Jones Griffiths, whose iconic images helped turn the tide of public opinion against the Vietnam war, wanted his work permanently displayed in a dedicated venue in North Wales following his death.

But the former Magnum photographer, from Rhuddlan, in Denbighshire, failed to reach an agreement with institutions like the National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth, or Bangor University before his death.

His work is now owned by the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation, an organisation he set up after being diagnosed with cancer in 2001.

It's understood the foundation's trustees, including photographer Neil Burgess, and Mr Jones Griffiths' daughters Fanny Ferrato and Katherine Holden, have not yet reached an agreement with any institution.

Mr Jones Griffiths' cousin Gerallt Llewelyn, himself a photographer, repeated warnings that the failure to find a solution could ultimately see the work end up outside Wales. Mr Llewelyn, 60, from Carmel, in North Wales, said: "Unless the Welsh establishment finds a place for his work Wales doesn't deserve it.

"I cannot see why people are dithering when they are being offered something that is world class - some of the most important work in photography."


HISTORIC Left, Philip Jones' Griffiths' picture of the battle for Saigon. Above, the legendary photographer hailed by some as Wales' greatest PICTURE: Magnum
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Dec 15, 2008
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