Welsh fears for Philip Jones Griffiths collection
According to The Western Mail Frontline Club Honorary member Philip Jones Griffiths spent the last seven years of his life trying to find a permanent home for his photos. However it appears he failed to reach an agreement with a number of Welsh institutions including Bangor, Aberystwyth and Newport Universities and the National Library of Wales before his death earlier this week,
[Philip] told the Western Mail last year, â€œI donâ€™t want a room, only to have the foundation lose control, with the university controlling everything. It would be self-financing because my images are constantly being used around the world and constantly generating money. The relationship would be mutually beneficial, but I want a 99-year lease on the space and people are telling me that is wishful thinking.â€
Gwyn Jenkins, director of collection services at the National Library of Wales, said the negotiations stalled because of the scale of Mr Jones Griffithsâ€™s ambitions for his legacy. He said the photographer wanted not only an exhibition space, but a newly-built educational facility for his work, preferably in a rural location in North Wales.He said there was a fear that such plans would have required a large slice of public subsidy and would not have been entirely self-financing as Mr Jones Griffiths imagined.
He said, â€œItâ€™s exactly the same scenario which makes the Assembly and institutions like universities and us a bit wary about being involved with the sort of set-up which might swallow up a lot of funding.â€ link