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Harry Griffin: Conventions

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Photography: Bizarre, beautiful photos from convention centres by Harry Griffin

Bike shows, comic conventions and dentistry expos are just a few of the many weird displays of fanatical global subcultures and money-spinning trade shows that take place in convention centres all across the world. We’ve got a handful of these giant warehouses for the weird in London, but you tend to find them in the back of beyond on the fringes of suburbia, lying empty and waiting to house porn stars, specialist knitwear designers and industrial kitchen manufacturers as and when they need to show their wares to the world.

This ever-changing roster of like-minded manufacturers and entertainers is a topic of great interest for US photographer Harry Griffin, so much so that he’s regularly to be found spending weeks at a time; walking the aisles of these strange spaces, snapping away at the oddball assortment of occupants that like to celebrate Christmas in October and keep their teeth really, really clean. Just look at those folks in that sled! If it wasn’t for Kim and Kanye’s recent escapades we’d think they were being ironic.

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