Pirkle Jones (January 2,
1914-March 15, 2009) was an award-winning documentary photographer and educator
who was most known for his photographic series
Death of a Valley, which he collaborated
on with Dorothea Lange, and
The Black Panthers, a collaboration with
his wife Ruth-Marion Baruch, who was also a noteworthy documentary photographer
and educator. The collection primarily consists of photographic prints and
contact sheets, in addition to correspondence and papers related to projects
Pirkle Jones (January 2, 1914-March 15, 2009) was an award-winning
documentary photographer and educator who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
His family moved to Lima, Ohio where, at age seventeen, Jones purchased his
first camera, a Kodak Brownie. Throughout the 1930s, after graduating high
school, he began exhibiting and publishing his works in pictorial salons and
regional camera clubs. From 1941 to 1946, Jones served in the United States
Army as a Warrant Officer in the Signal Corp of the 37th Infantry Division;
while enlisted, Jones discontinued his photographic practice.
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