I’ve always believed that a fantastic image was waiting to be discovered in every square yard of the earth’s surface. All I needed to capture it was the right light, mated with the right camera, lens and recording medium.
That image is the treasure I’m searching for when I go out to photograph. My working life is a treasure hunt, seeking the ‘golden’ image that most succinctly states what it is I’m asked to communicate.
Lou Jones specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Aetna, Federal Express, Nike and National Geographic. He has completed assignments in 46 countries and 48 out of the 50 United States, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane.
With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and the Barr Foundation. He has photographed jazz legends like Miles Davis, athletes like Willie Mays and Roger Clemens, celebrities Orson Welles and Matt Damon, twelve Olympic Games, and inmates on death row.
Lou Jones has exhibited his eclectic fine art imagery in multiple colleges and schools such as Harvard, Phillips Exeter Academy, Texas Tech University and Middle Tennessee State University, with major shows and inclusion in collections at Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Decordova Museum, Gallery Saintonge and the Center for Fine Art Photography.
In 1997, Jones published his first book, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, which chronicled his six-year odyssey documenting men and women on death rows in the USA. For this Jones received the Ehrmann Award from the Massachusetts Citizens against the Death Penalty. In collaboration with New England College Press, Jones interviewed and photographed 14 imprisoned writers for the book Exiled Voices: Portals of Discovery. In 2006 Jones published travel+PHOTOGRAPHY: off the charts, giving readers travel tips and photography instruction taken from his own adventures. Jones released his fourth book in the spring of 2009, Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed, which is now in its second printing.