In 1961, while studying at the London School of Printing, Tony Ray Jones was granted with a scholarship that enabled him to join Yale University School of Art thanks to photographs he had taken in North Africa from a taxi window. Promptly he was given assignments for the Saturday Evening Post as well as the Car and Driver magazines while, with his friend Joel Meyerowitz, he visited jazz clubs and frequented parades, depicting anonymous wanderers and the energy of a buoyant city. Eager to earn a more creative manner, Tony Ray-Jones also attended the Design Lab held by Alexey Brodovitch in Richard Avedon’s studio. In 1965, the British photographer returned to his native country and began depicting his favorite subject: English at play - leisure activities, festival and beauty contest images that illustrated his aim ‘to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things, partly through their traditions and partly through the nature of their environment and their mentality. For me there is something very special about the English 'way of life' and I wish to record it from my particular point of view before it becomes Americanised and disappears.’ Although his promising career was cut short by a violent leukemia, Tony Ray-Jones succeeded in composing a brilliant and humorous anthropological work that clearly inspired Martin Parr. On one of his personal list, the young photographer had once written: ‘Do not take boring photographs’. He clearly never did.