The Plant Kingdoms Of Charles Jones Sean Sexton

ISBN: 9780500542224

Published: June 2nd 2000

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128 pages


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The Plant Kingdoms Of Charles Jones  by  Sean Sexton

The Plant Kingdoms Of Charles Jones by Sean Sexton
June 2nd 2000 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 128 pages | ISBN: 9780500542224 | 10.19 Mb

Charles Jones is likely to remain forever a mysterious figure. We know that he was born in England in 1866, the son of a master butcher. We know that he must have trained as a gardener and was employed on a number of private estates before retiring.MoreCharles Jones is likely to remain forever a mysterious figure.

We know that he was born in England in 1866, the son of a master butcher. We know that he must have trained as a gardener and was employed on a number of private estates before retiring. We shall probably never know exactly how and why he came so obsessively and so brilliantly to photograph the plants he encountered in everyday life at the turn of the century.Yet Charles Jones did not photograph his vegetables, fruits, and flowers within nature.

On the contrary, he isolated his works against neutral backgrounds- beguiling studio portraits of beans and onions, squashes and turnips, tulips and sunflowers, plums and pears. His techniques- close-up viewpoint, long exposure, and spare composition- anticipate by decades the later achievements of modernist masters, for here was an outsider genius, who was saved from obscurity only by the photographic collector Sean Sextons chance discovery of his surviving prints in a London market.The photographs themselves are Jones only statement.

He left no notes, diaries, or writings to explain his reasons for the creation of such a prodigious and concentrated body of work, superbly reproduced in this volume. Revealing art in nature, Jones images have a wider significance in the history of both photography and still-life, brilliantly explored and explained here by renowned expert Robert Flynn Johnson.



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