Tributes paid to Lichfield Photographer and Writer
Members of Lichfield Camera Club have been greatly saddened by the death of fellow member David Keith Jones on 7th April. David was an outstanding photographer whose work was recognised by the Royal Photographic Society with the award of its highest honour, the Fellowship. David started his career as a Physics teachers in the north of England but as a young man was constantly seeking adventure. He was a keen mountaineer and on a holiday in the Alps met his future Italian wife, Carla. They travelled to Africa seeking further adventures and fell in love with with Kenya and its wildlife. It was here David developed his wildlife photography, capturing many stunningly beautiful images. He also wrote his two highly successful books: Faces of Kenya and Shepherds of the Desert.
David was also a highly accomplished travel photographer having travelled extensively on five continents. The Photographers’ Gallery and the Africa Centre in London, the New Stanley Gallery in Nairobi and L’ Espace Archard in Sainte Foy lès Lyon, France have all hosted exhibitions of his photographs. In 2014 his photographs of the Kenyatta Conference Centre in Nairobi were displayed in the Venice Biennale. For over 40 years David’s images have been used worldwide in hundreds of books, magazines, calendars and newspapers. The Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Observer, Daily Mail, Reader’s Digest Books, Rough Guides, Insight Guides, BBC Books and National Geographic. As a lecturer he gave presentations in the National Museum in Nairobi Kenya, in South Africa, in France, in London and all over the USA including the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Rockefeller University in New York and the California Academy of Sciences as well as many local community groups.
A spokesperson for the club said; “Not only was David a wonderful photographer, he was a great club member always willing to help others by giving advice and sharing his expertise. Whenever he spoke it was with great eloquence and clarity that underlined his skill as a teacher. It was a privilege to have known David, he will be very sadly missed.”
Click here to see some of David’s prizewinning images in his gallery.