Students entered a competition in memory of a former pupil who insisted “Don’t Be Boring” as he captured quirky images of English life.
Talented Tony Ray-Jones had a self-imposed rule of “Don’t Take Boring Pictures” and his old school named a competition after him.
Each year the Art Department at Christ’s Hospital offers pupils the opportunity to enter its annual photographic competition named in memory of Tony, who became a respected photographer after leaving the school but died in his early 30s.
Documenting ordinary English life, his images were a startling departure from anything else being produced at the time. After leaving Horsham he later used photographs taken from a taxi window in North Africa to earn a scholarship to Yale University.
This year’s Tony Ray-Jones Photography Competition had more 160 entries on the theme of ‘Teenage’, inspired by the work of guest judge, Jon Savage. Jon Savage is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on music and youth culture, his latest book published this year and entitled ”1966” looks at popular music and the cultural turmoil of 1966.
Jon said he was very impressed with the quality of photographs and chose the winners because he particularly liked “their narrative in the images”. The winners were Junior Andrew McLeod, Intermediate, Angelle Roberts, Senior Misha Citron and best in show Adela Seeley.