Christopher Jonas

Christopher JonasChristopher Jonas is a photographer of the Everyday who lives and works in London.

He concentrates on photographing people, un-posed, in their everyday surroundings. 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.


Practice Landmaks

“Painting his own Shadow” in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013

Photographer for the centenary of women
in the Metropolitan Police 2018/2019

Photographer embedded with 45 Commando
Royal Marines. 2018/2019


Photographer of scientists in
the Natural History Museum 2019/2020

Creative partner with Adam Chamber
Music Festival, Nelson, New Zealand


Two outsize enlargements at Tate Modern
during second stage development. 2013/2015



Photographer of the school’s book:
Ad Te Levavi. A school year in 


Further work for the Met continues


Photographer for archive series
of the life and times of clergy and staff

More background

  • An inaugural exhibition at Goldsmiths in autumn 2013
  • 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

Before retiring from business, Jonas was chairman of Henderson International Income Trust plc and 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 2018. Past pro bono work has included being chairman of Goldsmiths University of London, chairman of the Roedean School governing council and chairman of three major arts restoration programmes: both phases of Tate Modern, and the London Coliseum.


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