THE MONOCLE ARTS REVIEW Art: Kathlene Fox-DaviesKathlene 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.
London : Colin Jones, RetrospectiveL'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.
British life through the eyes of Colin JonesPhil 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.
In pictures: the W* photography desk's daily digest of visual inspirationWallpaper* 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.
Colin Jones at Michael Hoppen GalleryVanity 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...
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.
COLIN JONESParis 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.