CHARLES JONES

PHOTO LONDON - SPECIAL FEATURE
21-24 May

Somerset House

 

Charles Jones began his career as a gardener working on many private estates, notably at Ote Hall, in Sussex. Whilst renowned as a gardener within his own lifetime his career as a photographer remained unnoticed for another seventy-five years. In 1981, in Bermondsey antique market historian and photographic collector, Sean Sexton, plucked Charles Jones photographs from certain obscurity by buying a trunk that contained several hundred prints of his turn of the century photographs.

 

These photographs mainly consisted of vegetables whilst a third of them were images of fruits and flowers. Charles Jones was fastidious in both technique and execution producing exquisite gold toned silver gelatin prints from glass plate negatives. The power of his images are dependent upon the subtlety of the arrangements, the prints are essentially “portraits” of the garden produce he photographed. They pre-date modernism in photography showing an extraordinary progressiveness in composition and breaking away from the traditional painterly inheritance of the still life. His style anticipated the later modernist photographers such as Edward Weston, August Kotzsch, Karl Blossfeldt and Josef Sudek.

 

Jones’s work has been collected by institutions and private collectors worldwide and exhibited at The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Musée de Elysée, Lausanne. A monograph, ‘The Plant Kingdoms Of Charles Jones’, was published in 1998.

 

Works exhibited:

 

Tulips, May Flowered

20.2  x 25.5 cm

Unique gold toned gelatin silver printing out paper

Signed & titled in pencil on verso

 

Turnip Six Weeks

15.2 x 10.8 cm

Unique gold toned gelatin silver printing out paper

Signed & titled in pencil on verso

 

Beet, Globe 

15.1 x 10.8 cm

Unique gold toned gelatin silver printing out paper

Signed, titled in pencil on verso

 

 

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