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Plant Kingdoms: The Photographs of Charles Jones

Sexton, Sean;Johnson, Robert Flynn

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ISBN 10: 1556709242 / ISBN 13: 9781556709241
Published by Stewart Tabori & Chang, Edison, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy with a fine dj. Charles Jones's magnificent photographs produced a truly sustained series of exquisite experiments in the art of natural history still life. Each duotone photograph features vegetables, fruits and some flowers isolated against neutral backgrounds, close up, long exposure, and spare composition - anticipating 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 Sexton's chance discovery of his surviving prints in a London market. Art in Nature. Exquisite! 128pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 003054

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Title: Plant Kingdoms: The Photographs of Charles ...

Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang, Edison, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing

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Charles Jones (1866-1959) is likely to remain forever a mysterious figure. We know that he was born in England, the son of a master butcher. We know that he 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 Sexton's 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 he history of both photography and still-life, brilliantly explored and explained here by renowned expert Robert Flynn Johnson.

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