Bob Jones is a Berlin-based visual artist. They studied English and French literature in Montpellier and Photography in Berlin and Leipzig. Bob Jones has won numerous awards and scholarships and has exhibited their photos and videos internationally, amongst others at OFF Photo Festival in Bratislava, contact Photo Festival Toronto and Photokina Cologne. Their portfolio centers on portraiture as well as experimental usages of the photographic medium. Since 2018, they are constantly travelling around with their self-built mobile portrait studio. This studio consists of an upcycled wooden large-format camera and a tiny darkroom – a photo and printing technique that they perfected under the guidance of print master Jochen Rohner. Bob Jones has lived and worked as an artist in residency in France, Finnland and Poland.
In 2016, Bob Jones started a journey with not much more than a cheap photo lens. Their aim was to build their own large-format camera and finance their travels by portraying the people they’d meet. The Wanderkamera came into being a few months later, when Jones ran into 70-year-old Graham Davis. The former engineer and hobby photographer became as enthused about the large format camera project as they were and was quick to support the project with his available tools and a shed full of unused wood. Three months later, Jones took the first test photos which turned out completely black. Back in Berlin, they found the missing pieces to completely blacken out the camera body. They were finally set to put up the camera at a first event. The benefits of the self-built camera became evident quickly: people love the experience of sitting still for an analogue portrait and then watch it being developed. The mobile camera stand has since been a connecting point of likeminded people at events such as festivals, markets and weddings. It is also being used for artistic shootings with a great number of artists, actors, performers and musicians.
I have collaborated with actors, dancers, designers, musicians, performers, hackers, singers and many other artists.
I have visited festivals such as Fusion, Garbicz, Bucht der Träumer, Meeresrauschen, CCC and 48h Neukölln.
I have attended private events such as weddings, birthday parties, summer markets and Christmas parties. Please contact me for further details.