Christopher Jonas is a photographer of the every-day who lives and works in London. A 35mm photographer for over forty years, he now works exclusively in full frame digital
He concentrates on photographing people, unposed, going about their daily lives. He has two main themes: classic street-style photography, much of it in monochrome, which he applies to his documentary work; and a series set in galleries, museums and cathedrals. Here his impressionistic style brings the buildings to life by emphasising how fulfilment of their purpose revolves around the people in them.
In all of his work Jonas uses only ambient light. He has a strong knack of anticipating an original street scene, some examples of which are displayed in the galleries on this site.
Recent career highlights include:
- "Painting his own Shadow" Selected by the Royal Academy for the Summer Exhibition in 2013
- A year's appointment at Westminster Abbey 2016/17 photographing the clergy and staff going about their daily lives; a subset from this series will be in the Abbey's permanent archive
- An academic year photographing the life of pupils, staff and parents at Westminster School for a new book to be published in 2019
- Summer 2018 photographing the work of women in the Metropolitan Police. The Met will publish a book of these images in May 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the first women appearing in uniform in the Met
- An inaugural exhibition at Goldsmiths in autumn 2013
- Two of his images on display outside the new development at Tate Modern, 2013 - 2016
- Canary Wharf Group staged Carpe Momentum, a major exhibition of his work in late summer 2014
- Passing Encounters; from his Arts & Cathedrals series, at the Peltz Gallery, London WC1 in autumn 2015
- Transient : Permanent; more from his cathedral series, in Bristol Cathedral in May 2017
- Prints of his photographs are on display in private houses and diplomatic buildings in London and New York
He has retired recently from being chairman of Henderson International Income Trust plc and as a senior adviser at Lazard. He spent his earlier career in real estate, including serving as president of the RICS.
He was chairman of the trustees of the Contemporary Art Society from 2014 to 2017. Past pro bono work has included being chairman of Goldsmiths University of London, chairman of the Roedean School governing council and chairman of the major arts restoration programmes at Tate Modern and the London Coliseum.