A photographer and book artist, Cathryn Griffith was raised near Erie, Pennsylvania, on land that had been settled by her great-grandparents. Cathryn has seen the houses of her family and forebears demolished and gained a deep respect for historic documents and for the history embodied in architecture.
Cathryn researched and wrote an 80-page thesis about the Musée d’Orsay in Paris the year that it opened. Her appreciation of architectural preservation awakened, she subsequently undertook a multi-dimensional project entitled Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritagethat documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces. The project includes a lavishly illustrated book published by W. W. Norton containing essays by leading Cuban authorities on the city’s restoration and preservation, whose rigorous examination of Havana provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities.
Cathryn’s work was exhibited in the Havana Biennial 2009 and a collection of her photographs are on permanent exhibition at the United States Embassy in Havana. She has had solo exhibitions at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University; the Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura in Havana; the Erie History Center in Erie, Pennsylvania; the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida; Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida; the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery in Miami, Florida; Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the St. Botolph Club in Boston, Massachusetts.
Griffith also created a limited-edition handmade artist’s book, Weaving Hopes and Prayers, telling stories of five generations of women in her family. The book was acquired for their collections by the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Public Library, Getty Research Institute, Mount Holyoke College, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Smith College, Temple University, University of Utah and Wellesley College.
A graduate of Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Cathryn lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to photographic projects, she enjoys public speaking and leading guided tours to Cuba.