Derby Day, Epsom (from A Day Off)

1968

Ray-Jones, Tony
Born in Wells, Somerset, Tony Ray-Jones initially trained as a printmaker at the London School of Printing. It was here that he first developed an interest in photography before gaining a scholarship in 1961 to study at Yale University. Upon graduating, and under the influence of the Russian born photographer, Alexey Brodovitch, Ray -Jones began to devote himself entirely to photography. In 1966 Tony Ray -Jones returned home to Britain and, inspired by a Country Life book of old English customs, he took to the road in a camper van to capture the ordinary lives of people around him. He returned to the USA in 1971 to take up a teaching post in Los Angeles. Soon however, Ray-Jones fell ill and returned to England just three days before he died from leukaemia in March 1972.
  • Artwork Details: 17.8 x 26.8cm
  • Edition:
  • Material description: Silver bromide print
  • Credit line: © National Media Museum/Science and Society Picture Library
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACP 1077

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