Little is known about jones photography which was never exhibited and about which he never wrote we know that he used a glass plate camera only because a monograph of his work plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones references a note from one of his grandchildren. Plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones the outsider genius saved from obscurity by chance discovery sean sexton and robert flynn johnson preface by alice waters thames and hudson 1998 4000 reviewed by alan sirulnikoff charles jones is so much an outsider that it is safe to say that virtually no one. First published in 1998 the plant kingdoms of charles jones is an exquisite visual feast for anyone who draws delight from the bountiful riches of nature it presents more than 100 photographs of vegetables fruits and flowers all taken by the same photographer at around the turn of the 20th century and all set against neutral dark or light backgrounds in the style of formal studio . In 1981 at bermondsey market in london sean sexton the irish born photographic collector chanced upon the gelatin silver prints of photographer charles jones dating from the turn of the century these beguiling studio portraits of tulips and sunflowers onions and turnips plums and pears are skillfully executed and startling in their originality. In the introduction to the book plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones robert flynn johnson writes of joness technique the close up view long exposure to achieve depth of field and a full range of values in his subjects and their shadows and spare arrangements anticipate later modernist photography such as the work of edwin
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