Colin Jones

  • THE MONOCLE ARTS REVIEW Art: Kathlene Fox-Davies

    THE MONOCLE ARTS REVIEW Art: Kathlene Fox-Davies

    Kathlene Fox-Davies, Monocle May 30, 2016

    We discover work by ballet dancer-turned-photographer Colin Jones at the Michael Hoppen Gallery and take a look at the first major London show of photography by Ori Gersht at Ben Brown Fine Art. Plus: we visit some of the most iconic pieces by Andy Warhol in ‘Warhol Icons’ at the Halcyon Gallery.

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  • The All-Seeing Photographer with an Empathetic Eye

    The All-Seeing Photographer with an Empathetic Eye

    Maisie Skidmore, AnOther Magazine May 25, 2016

    The oeuvre of Colin Jones – a ballet dancer turned prolific photojournalist – paints a powerful and honest reflection of post-war Britain, and is well worth revisiting in a new London exhibition

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  • London : Colin Jones, Retrospective

    London : Colin Jones, Retrospective

    L'oeil de la Photographie May 9, 2016

    The Michael Hoppen Gallery’s first exhibition, in 1992, was of Colin Jones.  Twenty-four years later Jones’s work continues to delight audiences with its breadth and humanity and the gallery is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of his vintage prints.

     

    Born in 1936 Jones’s early life started with a father away at the war, evacuations and numerous different schools. A combination of chance and talent lead to a scholarship with the Royal Ballet and he embarked upon a professional career that was to take him around the globe. Michael Peto, a Hungarian émigré, became a friend and mentor to Jones who admired his ability to capture with photography the fleeting moments taking place on stage. In 1960 Jones was touring in South Africa when the Sharpeville Massacre took place, he brought his first Leica at this time and an interest in photography and its ability to document reality was born.

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  • British life through the eyes of Colin Jones

    British life through the eyes of Colin Jones

    Phil Coomes, BBC News May 9, 2016

    Colin Jones's life could have been very different. He was a dancer with the Royal Ballet when he picked up a camera while on tour in Japan and began to record his colleagues' performances.

     

    His eye for a picture brought him to the attention of one of the great photojournalists of the 1950s and 60s, Hungarian emigre Michael Peto. And with his help and guidance, Jones stepped off the stage and behind the lens.

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  • In pictures: the W* photography desk's daily digest of visual inspiration

    In pictures: the W* photography desk's daily digest of visual inspiration

    Wallpaper* digest May 6, 2016

    London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery is paying tribute to its first ever exhibition – a survey of the work of Colin Jones, held in 1992. On show until 3 June, ‘Colin Jones: Retrospective’ appears a full 24 years after the gallery first showcased his talent.

    The child of a working-class family turned world-class ballet dancer (via a scholarship with the Royal Ballet), Jones’ passion for photography first appeared in his early 20s; while touring in South Africa in 1960, he bought a Leica, and his nascent interests in the documentative power of the discipline were galvanised.

    He subsequently began a professional career in photography, going on to work for The Observer and The Sunday Times, capturing the raw, honest tales behind his subjects of outlaws, dancers and celebrities, and focusing his lens on topics as disparate as post-war British mining communities, Leningrad and mod godfathers The Who.

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  • Colin Jones at Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Colin Jones at Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Vanity Fair UK, online May 6, 2016

    After being evacuated from the East End during the Second World War, photographer Colin Jones attended 13 schools before turning 16. He was still practically illiterate when he left education, but thankfully for him, he could dance. In 1953, Jones joined the Royal Ballet, with which he went on countless international tours; he married the legendary dancer Lynn Seymour. It was on a tour of South Africa in 1960 that Jones bought his first camera—a Leica. The images that Jones captured over the...

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  • The compelling journey of the photographer who danced from the Royal Ballet to Alabama's race riots...

    The compelling journey of the photographer who danced from the Royal Ballet to Alabama's race riots...

    Francesca Soler, We Heart May 5, 2016

    It’s 24 years since London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery opened with an exhibition dedicated to the esteemed documentary photographer, Colin Jones. Countless shows in, and Jones’s work is back at the gallery, Colin Jones Retrospective showcasing the former ballet dancer’s graceful way with the lens.

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  • COLIN JONES

    COLIN JONES

    Paris Photo May 3, 2016

    The Michael Hoppen Gallery's very first exhibition, in 1992, was of Colin Jones. Twenty-four years later Jones's work continues to delight audiences with its breadth and humanity and the gallery is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of his vintage prints.

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  • A Life With The Royal Ballet

    A Life With The Royal Ballet

    Hunger TV January 27, 2015

    Opening this week, A Life With the Royal Ballet explores fifty years of photographs taken by ex-dancer and renowned British photographer Colin Jones.

    With some images completely unseen and many others that have not seen the light of day for decades, the exhibition is a rare look inside one of the most famous creative institutions in the world. Colin himself became a dancer quite by chance. 

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  • Colin Jones: an early prototype of Billy Elliot

    Colin Jones: an early prototype of Billy Elliot

    Charles Spencer, The Telegraph January 25, 2011

    Talking to the 74-year-old photographer Colin Jones is like meeting an early prototype of Billy Elliot. The son of an East London printer, he grew up during the Second World War, was evacuated on three occasions and attended no fewer than 13 schools before he was 16. He suffered from dyslexia, and one school told him he would be “lucky to get a job as a road sweeper”.

     

    Instead, he took up ballet lessons, made it into the Royal Ballet School, joined the touring company and married the great ballerina Lynn Seymour. The marriage didn’t last long.

     

    “Kenneth Macmillan did everything he could to break us up,” he says of the Royal Ballet’s celebrated choreographer. “She was his muse and he was a very selfish man.”

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  •  Photographer Colin Jones's best shot

    Photographer Colin Jones's best shot

    Interview by Andrew Pulver, The Guardian January 19, 2011

    This was shot in 1966 for Time Life magazine, part of a day-in-the-life series they wanted on Rudolf Nureyev. It was taken in a pub in Fulham, London. The woman is Lynn Seymour, who I was married to at the time. They were doing Romeo and Juliet together, and they used to get on well; we used to go out drinking together all the time. Rudi was a great laugh, very outspoken – if something wasn't right, he'd really lay down the law. He was fantastically bright, spoke six languages, and had an animal magnetism: you couldn't take your eyes off him when he was on stage.

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  • Colin Jones: The Black House Photos

    Colin Jones: The Black House Photos

    The Independent December 16, 2006

    One of the most controversial exhibitions of the 1970s documented life at the London hostel known as The Black House. Vilified at the time for making heroes out of delinquents, the photographs are now being republished for the first time in 30 years.

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