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Pirkle Jones, California photographer, dies at 95

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pirkle Jones, a California photographer admired for his stirring images of migrant workers, endangered landscapes and social movements, including a controversial series on the Black Panthers at the height of their activism in the late 1960s, died March 15 in San Rafael. He was 95.

The cause was heart failure, said his assistant, Jennifer McFarland.

Jones' artistic sensibility was formed during a golden era in the history of photography in the West, when he joined the first class taught by Ansel Adams at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1946.

Read Jones' obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

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