Colin Jones: The Who Collection
26 February - 30 April 2020
Aperture is feeling privileged to present our very first photography exhibition The Who Collection by Colin Jones, at our gallery in our Riding House Street showroom.
Colin Jones is one of the most important photographers and photo-journalists of post-war Britain. In 1966, Colin followed The Who as they started their career playing in clubs and music halls, taking pictures of the band in their early performances as well as candid shots of the band as they went about their daily routines. It was just before the band achieved their first no.1 single in the UK chart and subsequently made a great success in the US. Colin’s photographs of The Who include the most iconic images of the band and have been published on numerous occasions throughout their career.
Among many other published photographs of the band from the 60s, Colin’s photographs have an outstanding documentary style and also stand alone as portraits. Despite the fact that the band is notorious for their destructive stage performance and off-the-stage behaviours, Colin’s photographs captured young Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon in rather calm and relaxed atmosphere, especially in their private environment. These photographs show that the photographer was focusing more on bringing out sensitive aspects of the boys at their tender age even when they are on stage, rather than on capturing the most boisterous moments of their performances. This feature would be also seen in the subsequent works of Colin’s, such as Grafters and his work of the Royal Ballet.
The exhibition is showing 20 photographs from the series, all of which are hand-printed by Colin Jones and are available to purchase.
Born in London in 1936, Colin Jones’s creative life followed an unorthodox trajectory: From a working-class childhood in the East End of London to dancing in the English Royal Ballet. Colin bought his first camera, a Leica IIIc in1958, whist on tour with the Royal Ballet Touring Company in Japan. In 1962, Colin became a photographer for The Observer newspaper, which commissioned him to photograph various assignments across the world.
Colin has documented facets of social history over the years as diverse as the vanishing industrial working lives of the Northeast Britain (Grafters), delinquent Afro-Caribbean youth in London (The Black House), and the high-octane hedonism of Swinging London with his pictures of The Who (Maximum Who).
His work has been published in every major publication with any regard for the image, such as Life, and National Geographic, as well as in many supplements for the major broadsheets. Some of his works are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
All the photographs in the exhibition have been hand-printed, signed and stampted by Colin Jones. All of them are available to purchase as individual prints or with our own bespoke hard wood frame at an additional cost. All images are printed on 16” x 20” fibre-based paper. Please make an inquiry for further details.