A photograph of a group of passengers on a pleasure boat trip

Made:
1967 in Beachy Head
photographer:
Tony Ray-Jones

A photograph of a group of passengers on a pleasure boat trip from Beachy Head, Sussex, taken by Tony Ray Jones (1941-1972) in 1966. This photograph was reproduced in Ray-Jones' book, 'A Day Off - An English Journal' where it was wrongly captioned 'Scarborough'.

British photographer Tony Ray-Jones (1941 - 1972) is best known for his project 'A Day Off' portraying the English way of life. Fascinated by the quirks and idiosyncrasies of life, Ray-Jones' photographs are imbued with warmth and humour as people are caught relaxing and off-guard.

After an initial period at the London School of Printing, Ray-Jones moved to America, to study photography at Yale University. At Yale, he found that the subject was taken seriously as an art form and as a tool for personal artistic expression.

Whilst in America he was introduced to the still relatively new form of art photography known as 'street' photography which had a profound effect on his practice.

After returning to Britain, Ray-Jones began to use a similar approach to document the English at leisure, and developed a particular interest in the English seaside. Tragically, Ray-Jones died in 1972, at the age of 31.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1993-5016/57/3
Measurements:
overall (print): 320 mm x 210 mm
type:
silver gelatin print
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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