Kerry Winston Jones is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He became interested in photography when he was four years old, by watching his father develop black and white prints in a makeshift darkroom in the basement of their home. The real interest began in the early 1960’s when he was given a Kodak Brownie Starflash camera for Christmas.

During his high school years his interest was centered on oil painting. After high school and a couple of years at he the University of Utah, Jones entered the U.S. Air Force. It was only by chance that he was assigned to classes in electronics and photography. He worked as a technician on reconnaissance cameras of the RF-4C aircraft and served a tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.

After completing four years with the Air Force he returned to the University of Utah where he earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Journalism. There were no Art classes in photography at that time. Mass communication and Journalism offered the widest variety of photographic instruction. Jones had the dream of riding the pony express trail, taking pictures to document it and writing stories about the experience. Jones has taught classes in basic and advanced black and white photography in the Communication Department at the University of Utah for over twenty years. He also taught classes and worked as a volunteer lab technician at the Salt Lake Art Center where he developed his strong interest in the art of photography. He helped build and was the director of photography at the Peterson Art Center in Salt Lake City from 1996 to 1998.

He also teaches classes at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. He is currently working on a Master degree in visual communication. Although the majority of his work has been in the creative expression of Fine Art, and specifically the expressive nature of the black and white “silver” print, he also enjoys the art of documentary photography. Teaching photography and working to fine tune a print is where his heart is. For the past twenty-three years he has worked full time for the Aerial Photography Field Office of the Department of Agriculture in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kerry W. Jones was also a member of Left Bank Gallery in Salt Lake City from May of 1998 to October of 2003 and had one person exhibits of his work in November of 2000 and June of 2003. He was also a partner in four group shows at Left Bank Gallery. In 2001 he was the juror for the photography exhibit at the Eccles Community Art in Ogden, Utah.

He has also had exhibits with Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City. Pieces of his work are in the Utah State Fine Art permanent collection in the Utah Fine Art Museum at the University of Utah, the Eccels Community Art Center collection in Ogden, Utah, the Salt Lake County Art collection and The City of Saint George, In 1996 he was selected to be on the Utah Statehood Centennial Committee for Salt Lake City County and was given the assignment to document the activities connected with the Utah Statehood Centennial in Salt Lake County. The portfolio is on permanent display at the Salt Lake County Offices in Salt Lake City.

“After more than twenty-eight years I have not lost my interest in photography and the nature of Light.”

Kerry Jones