donated some of his photographs to the George Eastman House Benefit
Auction 2011, including left, Underground Sign.
Eastman House Benefit Auction
Online auction 26th September
- 7th October 2011
on Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones is one of the few remaining photographers who still
looks for the beauty in everyday objects and places, who looks for
the abstract in the concrete and captures images that have the flavour
of urban life. In an age of digital, he still holds steady the tiller
of silver based photography and the elegant beauty of images created
with a critical eye looking for the innate beauty and design in
It's not fashionable
but it is classical and though bigger, brighter and more colourful
images are in vogue now, like the fads of the past they will seem
old before their time and the classic modernist work of Anthony
will still seem relevant, significant and beautiful.
Working in black
and white with a medium format camera, Anthony walks the streets
of his native London looking for momentary juxtaposition of disparate
objects creating a pattern that only black and white can reproduce.
His image of a London taxi in front of the Bank of England holds
both the motion and constant change of urban life and the solidity
of tradition and steadfastness. His work has the flavour of Paul
Strand's images of New York in the 1930s and of Bill Brandt's London
work a decade later. Anthony's work comes from a long tradition
of the lone photographer, walking the streets with his eyes open
to the moment when balance occurs and an image can be made.
His work does
not speak of today or yesterday or tomorrow. Instead they speak
of the abstract patterns created by the momentary conjunction of
objects and places in the modern metropolis. His images are quiet
reflections in the midst of a noisy city. His images both define
and belie the facts of modern urban life.
is the curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire,
was first published on the blog of the George Eastman House Museum
in September 2011.