Typepad Import Image

Pirkle Jones, who documented social unrest in California and was among the most admired disciples of Ansel Adams, died on March 15 at age 95. The New York Times has a very full and very nice obit about Jones by William Grimes. There is also a slide show of his images. The photo of Jones here is by Bruce Weber.
     Jones covered some of the key social issues to arise in California during the second half of the 20th century. He documented the living standards of migrant farm workers, the flooding of the Berryessa Valley after the building of the Monticello Dam, and the Black Panther movement of the 1960s.
    Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jones settled in California after serving in the army during World War II. From 1947 to 1953 he worked as Ansel Adams’s assistant and printmaker. He became a part of the West Coast photographic circle that included Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and Minor White.–David Schonauer