Tony Ray-Jones

In our exploration of how colour defines and influences our impressions of people and places, we came across the work of Tony Ray-Jones.

Ray-Jones is known both for his colour images of America taken in the early 1960’s, and his later black and white images of England from 1965 onwards. He tragically died at the young age of thirty from leukemia, but not before leaving behind a large collection of images that capture both the colour consciousness of America (in more ways than one), and the stark natural eccentricity of  the English.

Ray-Jones’ images are said to have a rare blend of compassion and irony, and were highly influenced by the films of Vigo, Bunuel and Fellini along with Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. Here are some of our favourites:

To see more of Tony Ray-Jones work, visit the Science Museum where they currently have on display a selection of fifty previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive. Selected by and interspersed with works of Martin Parr, another photographer with the uncanny ability to capture quintessential English society, these images make us all the more fonder of our adopted home.

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
21 September 2013 – 16 March 2014
Science Museum

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