Please join us in the Bookshop and meet photographer Dafydd Jones who is launching his latest book Screen Time, published by Circa Press.
The smartphone is ubiquitous, and most of us are addicted. In social situations, instead of participating, we focus on our screens. In this book, photographer Dafydd Jones shows us just how pervasive our screen addiction has become. From the grandest parties, to the races, the seaside, and even in the street, he shows how the smartphone has killed conversation and changed the way we look at the world – perhaps forever.
Dafydd Jones is one of the world’s leading social photographers. He decided to become a photographer while studying fine art at university. In 1981 he entered a set of pictures of ‘Bright Young Things’ in a photography competition run by the Sunday Times Magazine, and was awarded a prize. As a result, he was hired by Tina Brown to photograph balls, debutante dances and weddings for the Tatler.
He moved to New York in 1989 – a move helped by generous editors. While there, he worked for the New York Observer, producing feature and news related pictures, and covered celebrity and society events for Vanity Fair. For his own enjoyment, he also took all the pictures for one issue about New York for Paper magazine.
He came back to England in 1996, having watched London becoming ‘the centre of the cultural world and the place I wanted to be’. Since returning to London he has had slots in most of the broadsheet newspapers, including the Independent, the Times, and the Sunday Telegraph.
His work is held in the collections of: the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Hyman Collection of British Photography, London; the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol; the Opsis Foundation, New York; and the Yale Museum of British Art. An exhibition of his work from the 1980s, ‘Dafydd Jones: The Last Hurrah’, was held in the Print Sales Gallery at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, from August to September 2018.
Tue 22 Oct, 18.00 - 20.00, Bookshop
Free event, no Booking.