Instagram takeover: Jon Tonks

Jon Tonks, British documentary photographer, becomes our guest editor for the Photoworks Instagram account, March 2017.

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Jon Tonks is a British photographer based in Bath, England. His work has been featured in The New York Times & Sunday Times Magazines, The Guardian and FT Weekend Magazines, Monocle, TIME LightBox, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, British Journal of Photography and more. He has twice been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and the Terry O’Neill award, and in 2012 was a winner at the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards as well as was Judges Choice at the AOP Awards.

In 2014, Tonks was presented with the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for his first book Empire, a journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – relics of the once formidable British Empire. The book was hailed by Martin Parr as one of his best books the year, and the work has been exhibited across the UK, in the United States and in China. His work is now in a number of private collections, both in the UK and abroad, including The Hyman Collection of British photography, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas.

Tonks was born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands (UK) in 1981, and took his first job as staff photographer on a local Midlands newspaper in 2005. Two years later he undertook an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, and now continues to work on both commissioned work and his own documentary.

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