Charles Jones (1866-1959)
'Page of photographs of apples from an album'
Photograph, gelatin-silver print
Museum no. E.392:282-290-2005
Charles Harry Jones was a professional gardener and an amateur photographer. He made studies of fruit as well as images of the private estate, Ote Hall in Sussex, where he worked during the 1890s. He also photographed exciting events, discoveries and inventions, such as a local train crash, snake eggs and a vacuum cleaner.
Today Jones is known for his botanical images. His photographs of apples posed against a neutral background to capture each specimen's individuality, show his deep understanding of their plain beauty, brought about by tending them daily. The photographs are now recognised for their simple appeal and their proto-modernist look