Blackpool: Tony Ray-Jones

Blackpool, 1968

Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) is often regarded as the person who shaped a generation of British photographers. In 1968, Ray-Jones wrote: “My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things, partly through tradition and partly through the nature of their environment and mentality… For me there is something very special and rather humorous about the “English way of life” and I wish to record it from my particular point of view.”

Although his career spanned only a decade, he successfully promoted photography as an art form whilst capturing the quintessential eccentricities of English society in the 1960s.

“I have tried to show the sadness and humour in a gentle madness that prevails in people.” – Tony Ray-Jones

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