As a professional photographer Denis Jones’ career spans over 30 years in Fleet Street, working mainly for the Evening Standard.
Denis moved to London from Yorkshire in the early 70s. Although not formally trained his evocative images of London’s East End, which documented a world soon to vanish, quickly won him the first of many photographic assignments. Within Fleet Street Denis was given a broad spectrum of jobs-from photographing the wave of IRA bombings that hit London, to capturing Hollywood actors such as John Wayne, Gregory Peck and Bette Davies.
In addition to being known for his portraiture, he has also earned a reputation as a daredevil. His feats include scaling to the top of Nelson’s Column by a ladder strapped to the side, Big Ben and the mast of Alexandra Palace in the pursuit of rarely captured images. Denis is also very familiar with the world of fashion and for over a decade covered all the shows in London, Paris and Milan.
Amongst Denis’ own treasured possessions is a signed picture of Mohammed Ali, whom he photographed in 79. On it are scrawled the words: “To Denis from Mohammed Ali, enjoy life it’s later than we think”.