Ken Griffiths’ Three Gorges series, October 2002, was taken to show the majestic, sublime gorges before the dam was closed. The next set of photographs were taken in 2004 from the same viewing points to capture the new landscape a year after the Yangzi River had been dammed and risen by 141 meters.
In September 2005 the pictures, sponsored by Maurice and Vivien Thompson, were exhibited at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London. Using a colour printing technique, which was invented in 1863 but disppeared in the 1950s. Ken Griffiths' images present the landscape in a rare microscopic depth. Master printer Gerard Aniere printed with many layers of pigment rather than dye. This technique known as carbro printing allowed Ken Griffiths to intricately play with colour, contrast, sharpness and detail, endowing the work with a painterly quality impossible to achieve with modern printing methods. This process is still the only totally permanent colour process to have been invented.