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Vintage Portraits of Photographer Leslie Jones and His Cameras

Every wondered about a day in the life of a photographer from the early 20th century? Let these old photographs featuring renowned American "camera man" Leslie Jones show you how things used to be!

Photos courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Shooting Film

Boston-native Leslie Jones was famous for having worked for the Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper between 1917 and 1956. Although he had long been interested in the craft, his initial job was being a pattern-maker in a factory. Before finally landing the photographer post for the newspaper, he worked as a freelancer while still keeping his original job. However, what used to be his side job eventually became his full-time profession after losing two of his fingers while at work in the factory.

Now, these photographs came from the collection of the Boston Public Library. In the early ‘70s, the Jones family gave reportedly close to 40,000 negatives from the collection of the photographer’s negatives. Below are but a few of these, showing Jones as he goes in search of his subjects, all the while lugging around his bulky, box-type cameras!

In his 39 years at the newspaper, Jones covered everything from a fox stuck in a tree on the Boston Common, to Charles Lindbergh’s U.S. tour after the aviator crossed the Atlantic. His photographs document both the usual and the unusual in the daily life of Boston and its surrounding regions. – Leslie Jones: The Camera Man

All information in this article were sourced from Shooting Film and Leslie Jones: The Camera Man.

Related article: Did Leslie Jones Take a Photo of Berenice Abbot While Shooting ‘Nightview, New York’?

written by chooolss

1 comment

  1. bsdunek

    bsdunek

    Talented man, wonderful old (now) cameras. I like no. 5 where he's laying with a bunch of booze bottles. Camera is still OK though.

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