Plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones the outsider genius saved from obscurity by chance discovery sean sexton and robert flynn johnson preface by alice waters thames and hudson 1998 4000 reviewed by alan sirulnikoff charles jones is so much an outsider that it is safe to say that virtually no one. Little is known about jones photography which was never exhibited and about which he never wrote we know that he used a glass plate camera only because a monograph of his work plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones references a note from one of his grandchildren. In 1981 at bermondsey market in london sean sexton the irish born photographic collector chanced upon the gelatin silver prints of photographer charles jones dating from the turn of the century these beguiling studio portraits of tulips and sunflowers onions and turnips plums and pears are skillfully executed and startling in their originality. First published in 1998 the plant kingdoms of charles jones is an exquisite visual feast for anyone who draws delight from the bountiful riches of nature it presents more than 100 photographs of vegetables fruits and flowers all taken by the same photographer at around the turn of the 20th century and all set against neutral dark or light backgrounds in the style of formal studio . Get this from a library plant kingdoms the photographs of charles jones charles jones sean sexton robert flynn johnson charles jones is likely to remain forever a mysterious figure we shall probably never know exactly how and why he came so obsessively and so brilliantly to photograph the plants he encountered in
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