Tony Ray Jones

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Copyright The Estate of Tony Ray Jones

“Photography for me is an exciting and personal way of reacting to and commenting on one’s environment and I feel that it is perhaps a great pity that more people don’t consider it as a medium of self-expression instead of selling themselves to the commercial world of journalism and advertising.”

Creative Camera October 1968, p. 349

 

An inspirational British Photographer, an early influence for Martin Parr whose influence is easily identified in Parr’s work.

Taken before his time, Ray Jones eye for interest and intrigue in the mundane is particularly true of his ‘Only in England’ series. To me his images combine a keen eye for the interesting with a real ability to spot the whimsical, all wrapped up in masterful, even epic composition.

I need to see more work by this no longer with us paragon of the well observed.

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