Jon Tonks is a British photographer based in the UK. His work focuses on telling stories about people’s lives shaped by history and geography. Originally from the West Midlands, Jon studied design before pursuing his interest in visual storytelling as a newspaper photographer. He progressed to study a Master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, and embarked on an influential trip to Ascension Island during his studies.
His work has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde, GEO (FR), Capital (DE), National Geographic (CN), The Guardian, Sunday Times, Telegraph and FT Weekend Magazines, Monocle magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Source and more.
He has been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize three times, twice for the Terry O’Neill award, and in 2014, Tonks was presented with the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for his first book Empire – a journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote British Overseas Territories. The book was hailed by Martin Parr as one of his best books of the year.
His work is now in a number of private collections, both in the UK and abroad, including Stanford University, California, The Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, The Hyman Collection of British photography, London, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas.
Commercial clients include Jaeger, Microsoft, Eurostar, Nokia, Samsung, Neptune, Channel 4, Santander Visit Wales and Halifax.