Behind the Lens: Quentin Jones

Jessica Davis
·3-min read
Photo credit: Courtesy of Quentin Jones
Photo credit: Courtesy of Quentin Jones

From Harper's BAZAAR

Every month, in our new franchise Behind the Lens, we will be getting to know the women behind the beautiful images that fill the magazine's pages and illustrate our online storytelling at Harper's Bazaar. From celebrity cover stories to fairy-tale fashion editorials, every image is lovingly captured by one of our talented pool of visionary photographers, without whom the brand wouldn't be what it is today.

This month we're turning the spotlight on photographer Quentin Jones, recently responsible for our March 2021 issue cover with Carey Mulligan.

Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES
Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES

How did you get into photography?

“I have always taken photos since I was a child, often asking for cameras for my birthday or Christmas presents. Despite that, I only really got into it professionally in a roundabout way, having first worked as a director and illustrator, and using photography within both those mediums.

"My agent said it was crazy I didn't start taking photos, too. So I got to side-step into it without assisting - but it meant there were massive holes in my knowledge which I have been patching up since.”

What was your first photography job or commission?

“I was very lucky and started by shooting a fashion story for iD. I had cut my teeth with fashion film making and I guess they were willing to give me a chance.”

What was the shoot that changed your career?

In my first year out of St Martins, I feel like I had a series of lucky breaks, including making some beauty films for Chanel, a film for Kenzo and also Victoria Beckham. Then in the years that followed, I had so many inspiring shoots, but that first year was crazy in terms of my expectations.”

What's the best piece of career advice you've ever been given?

“To not worry about how crowded or competitive your genre is. My dad always said ‘cream rises to the top’, which basically means talent comes through if you apply yourself and throw yourself in, despite how scary it can seem.”

Which person or location you've shot stands out the most for you over your career, and why?

“Shooting in Mexico City at the Luis Barragan stables at the start of last year was really epic, and once the lockdowns began I was so happy to have had that moment of escapism.”

What has been your favourite Harper's Bazaar UK shoot and why?

“ I loved shooting Carey Mulligan because she was such a cool, tomboyish subject. I love shooting actresses that I admire, and see them transform themselves in front of the lens.”

Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES
Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES

Who or what do you find interesting subjects to photograph?

“I love faces. I always have- whether painting or collaging or taking pure pictures, I am obsessed with faces.”

Photo credit: Quentin Jones for Harper's Bazaar
Photo credit: Quentin Jones for Harper's Bazaar

What makes a good photo?

“A good photo is made by a viewer enjoying it. And our tastes are infinitely wide.”

Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES
Photo credit: COURTESY OF QUENTIN JONES

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