Carter Jones (photographer)

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Carter Jones (May 6, 1913—Sept 4, 1968) was an American freelance photographer.

Early life and education[edit]

Carter Jones was born on May 6, 1913 in Washington D.C. and attended St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman, Alabama and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After studying creative writing at Princeton University he spent eight years in the 1940s as an advertising copywriter for New York City agencies.[1]

Commercial photographer[edit]

In 1948, he moved to Paris to study art at the Académie Julian, and a friend gave him a Rolleiflex camera that he continued to use throughout his career. His street photography, a photo essay of a beggar and nuns (shot from the window of his flat) was published in Life and reproduced in the US Camera Annual of 1954.[2][1] The notoriety gained him freelance work, mainly shooting fashion,[3] for Paris Match, Femina, Le Figaro, Le Jardin des Modes and The Illustrated London News. He met Manine Auroux, an employee of Jacques Fath, whom he married in Paris in 1949 and with whom he returned to the USA, where she was granted permanent residency in 1953.[4] There, he continued in commercial photography, including human interest stories[5][6] with publication also in photography annuals of the period.[7] They had five children; two girls and three boys,[1] including a boy and girl from Jones' previous marriage, and the children appeared in many of his photographs.[8][9][10]


In 1955, Edward Steichen, director of the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art, selected one of Jones’ photographs for the world-touring exhibition The Family of Man that was seen by 9 million visitors.[11][12] Jones’ photograph shows three of his own children climbing in, and enveloped by, the bright, leafy canopy of a large tree.[13] His work was also exhibited in a reconfiguration of Steichen's show in 1959 as part of the American National Exhibition held in Moscow at Sokolniki Park.[1]


On September 4, 1968 Carter Jones was killed returning from an assignment in a single-engine plane crash over Ocean County, NJ.


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Camera, U.S. Camera Pub. Co, 1960, ISSN 0749-0259
  2. ^ U.S. Camera, U.S. Camera Pub. Co, 1954, ISSN 0749-0259
  3. ^ US Camera 1952, edited by Tom Maloney, p. 128, fashion shot photo made on assignment for Life
  4. ^ 'Concurrent Resolutions: July 27, 1953', United States Statutes at Large Volume 67
  5. ^ US Camera 1959, Pictures that talk…, edited by Tom Maloney, p. 182, photo titled “Nuns on the Beach” of nuns playing ball on a NJ beach
  6. ^ Cover photo, Tegner, Bruce (1965), Instant self-defense, Grosset and Dunlap
  7. ^ Maloney, Tom, ed. U.S. Camera Annual 1956. U.S. Camera Publishing, 1955.
  8. ^ US Camera 1957, p. 92
  9. ^ US Camera 1962, p.155, a picture showing brothers playing in the hay, the photo also used in Kennedy, Caroline, 1957- (2003), A patriot's handbook : songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love (1st ed.), Hyperion, ISBN 978-0-7868-6918-3CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ US Camera Annual 1964, p. 90
  11. ^ Hurm, Gerd, 1958-, (editor.); Reitz, Anke, (editor.); Zamir, Shamoon, (editor.) (2018), The family of man revisited : photography in a global age, London I.B.Tauris, ISBN 978-1-78672-297-3CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Sandeen, Eric J (1995), Picturing an exhibition : the family of man and 1950s America (1st ed.), University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0-8263-1558-8
  13. ^ Steichen, Edward; Sandburg, Carl; Norman, Dorothy; Lionni, Leo; Mason, Jerry; Stoller, Ezra; Museum of Modern Art (New York) (1955). The family of man: The photographic exhibition. Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation.

External links[edit]

Carter Jones memorial site