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Daryl Jones (Photographer)
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Start Date:
01 Jan 1949
Daryl Jones is a professional photographer based in Queensland. His work is widely held in State and National libraries. Jones specialises in aerial photography, both artistic and documentary. Born in 1949, first son of William (Bill) Arthur Jones Industrial photographer of Brisbane (W A Jones & Co). Bill Jones was Australia's first aerial combat photographer with the RAAF in Borneo during the Second World War At age 8 Daryl had his first darkroom in a cupboard, and was developing and contact printing photos from a box brownie. By 15 he was using his father's darkroom and learning the art of hand colouring on weekends. At 16 he began he a 5 year apprenticeship in graphic arts, and was awarded Queensland photo engraving apprentice of the year in his final year. During this apprenticeship he enrolled in the first QIT photographic course and won several awards. On completion of the apprenticeship he worked in Melbourne, Sydney and London returning in 1976 to take over the family business. In 1980 Daryl opened the 3rd mini lab in Australia in Airlie beach in partnership with his young brother, Paul. 3 years later, after being nominated Australian photographer of the year, Paul took over the Brisbane studio while Daryl, his wife and 2 children moved to Airlie Beach to own and operate a mini lab for 14 years. After the release of the first practical digital cameras in 2002 Daryl sold the analogue cameras, closed his studio in Mooloolaba, bought a digital camera, laptop and camper van and set off to photograph Australia's urban development from the air. As at 2019 Daryl Jones was operating 'Oz Aerial' and had accumulated, and was continuing to add to, Australia's largest library of oblique aerial photos.
Information Sources:
Oz Aerial website (accessed 26/02/2019); Correspondence with Daryl Jones, 27/02/2019
Functions Performed:
Arts and culture