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Stuart Griffiths joined the British army in 1988, aged 16. While serving in Northern Ireland armed with an instamatic camera he began to capture everyday moments in his fellow soldiers’ lives.

 

Pigs Disco—named for the monthly party at the barracks where locals girls would be invited for drinks, dancing and sex—is a visceral journey into the heart of the British army during the maelstrom of acid, raves and violence that occupied the soldier’s young lives against the backdrop of the Troubles.

 

The book is a combination of autobiography and photobook, archived, art directed and edited by Ben Freeman at Ditto. It is the result of many years of dialogue between Griffiths and Freeman, and serves to portray a realistic view of a young man’s experience in a brutal environment, a universe away from the action heroics of standard army novels.

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