Tony Ray-Jones

Tony Ray-Jones (7 June 1941- 13 March 1972) was an influential British post-war photographer. He is best remembered for his light-hearted, quirky images of the English social landscape.

Tony Ray-Jones studied at the London School of Printing. There he concentrated on graphic design. However, in the early 1960s he obtained a scholarship that enabled him to join Yale University School of Art, on the strength of photographs he had taken in North Africa from a taxi window.

Furthermore, his photographs of festivals and leisure activities are full of a somewhat surreal humour. They also show the influence of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Homer Sykes. Moreover, Ray-Jones’s work documenting people living on housing estates in Britain was published in an issue on housing in 1970, and were included in his second unsuccessful submission to join Magnum Photos.

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