Colin Jones was born in London in 1936 and grew up in the East End. He was a dancer with the English Royal Ballet when he began taking photographs of the company in the 1960s. He then became a photographer for The Observer in 1962 and produced a series of photographs recording mining communities in the North East of England.
Jones was commissioned by the Sunday Times Magazine in 1973 to document the Islington-based Harambee housing project for young black people.
He carried on taking photographs of the house and its inhabitants until 1976, creating The Black House series. The photographs, like much of his work, are a record of daily life within a marginalised community.
His work has been published in a wide variety of publications and he has had solo exhibitions at many international venues, including The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
ABOVE IS A SELECTION OF IMAGES BY COLIN JONES IN THE AUTOGRAPH ARCHIVE
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