Ken Griffiths travelled to Angola and Cambodia to photograph landmine survivors for the book entitled Handlines by Rebekah Gilbertson. The book was sold in aid of the British Red Cross Anti-Personnel Landmines Campaign and was distributed by Phaidon Press in 1998. The photographs were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and Blains Fine Art, 1998.
"I travelled to Angola and Cambodia wanting to make portraits not of victims but of people. In this case, the people happen to have missing limbs, but it was not my aim to portray them as objects of pity. Rather, I wanted them to be seen for the deep strength and dignity that showed in their faces. The photographs were taken with a 10 x 8 Gandolfi plate camera. This somewhat cumbersome instrument ensured that I could not make surreptitious photographs. With the Gandolfi, on its big tripod, each of my sitters had the choice of being photographed or not, and the time spent setting up the camera gave me a shred of contact with them. Such contact can all too often be absent on photographic assignments. The will to survive was what I hoped to catch in the faces of those I photographed. These faces told me that they were victims not only of landmines but also of ambitious politicians and greedy generals. In those who chose to be photographed all that remained to them in the midst of their universal grinding poverty was their dignity. It is what I saw. I hope it is what my camera recorded."