Griffin said his uncle pioneered the use of 35mm cameras and color film, shot the first color photos of Williams and fighter Joe Louis, and his pictures were the first to run in color in The Boston Globe, The Saturday Evening Post, and Yankee Magazine. Among other famous people he photographed were Norman Rockwell, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Orson Wells and Ethel Barrymore.
In a 1998 interview, Griffin, the photographer, told The Eagle-Tribune:
"All of the other guys had a big box camera. I had a very small, fast camera." It allowed him to be nimble and get the shots the others missed. He could shoot 36 pictures a roll, where his contemporaries had to reload after taking two pictures.
In 1939, Kodak sent him an experimental color film. He used it to shoot the first color photos of 19-year-old Red Sox rookie Williams at Fenway Park.
No one else shot a color photo of him until the 1950s.
Rosemary Ford is a reporter for The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.