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Dafydd Jones: The Vanity Fair Years

Dafydd Jones: The Vanity Fair Years

Text by Dafydd Jones

I moved to New York with my wife and young children in 1989, helped by the generous editors Tina Brown and Graydon Carter. I started by shooting billionaires and their wives in Manhattan, then, as the celebrity obsession grew, I found myself by the middle of the 90s spending more time in Los Angeles.

We returned to England in 1996. After a 20-year hiatus I’ve now built another darkroom. I’m going back through my film pictures doing a new edit of my American pictures to print. Some images that were important at the time now seem irrelevant. Some have always stood out. Some of the quieter images seem to last. Most are scans of the prints that I’ve done in the darkroom – I like the borders on some of them, which come from the enlarged negative holder being filed down. All these images will be included in a boxed set of my pictures provisionally called ‘The Vanity Fair Years’.