About

Christopher JonasChristopher Jonas is a photographer of the Everyday based in London.

He concentrates on photographing people, unposed, in their everyday surroundings. He has built his documentary practice from long experience as a street photographer. He uses a single 50mm manual focus lens and works exclusively in ambient light. Jonas has a strong preference for monochrome, unless colour is an essential part of the storyOn site, he works close in but silently, with no distraction from the working day of those in his viewfinder. His images are presented square in order subtly to guide the eye of the viewer.

His strong knack of anticipating an original street scene comes through in the galleries on this site.

 

Practice Landmarks – exhibitions and client documentaries

“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 working in the Natural History Museum 2019/2020

Creative partner and photographer at 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 pictures.  2017/2018

Confidential documentary for the Met’s CT Command 2019/2021

Photographer for archive series of the life and times of clergy and staff. 2016/2017

Artists and staff behind-the-scenes
at the UK’s premier chamber music venue

More background

Inside a specialist perioperative
and ageing research unit

  • 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.