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ACC Art Books : Dafydd Jones : New York : High Life, Low Life


ACC Art Books releases New York: High Life, Low Life by Dafydd Jones.

If there was ever a time to get away with a little trouble, it was New York in the 1990’s. As Graydon Carter puts it, “This New York was the one of new money trying to catch the attention of old money and of Wall Street vampires who raided the accounts of widows and orphans while their wives dined on quenelle and salads (sald with dressing on the side) at places like La Grenouille and Le Cirque”.

After photographing Oxford and London’s royal and preppy upper class, Dafydd Jones set his sights on a new playground: New York City. His new book, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Oxford: The Last Hurrah and England: The Last Hurrah, is New York: High Life, Low Life (ACC Art Books).

‘In England, I’d become too well-known as a Tatler photographer. It was wonderful to be invisible again.’ -Dafydd Jones

Hired by Vanity Fair to attend the most talked-about parties in the city, he soon found himself descending into a world of human tableaux, ladies who lunch, princesses in powder rooms, and dachshunds scrapping over canapés. Snapping the likes of President (then Senator) Joe Biden, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, Leona Helmsley, Brooke Astor, Donald and Ivana Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, Joan Rivers, Naomi Campbell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Milken, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many more as they celebrated, mourned, and unraveled in the bright lights.

In these pages, Dafydd reveals the story of New York, the highs and the lows, as the ’90s unfolded in front of his expert lens.


Dafydd Jones (b.1956) grew up in Oxford and started working for the Bodleian Library aged 16. His pictures of the Oxford University ‘Bright Young Things’ launched his career. With work published in the Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent and Oldie, his photography is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Hyman Collection of British Photography, London; the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol; the Opsis Foundation, New York; and the Yale Museum of British Art, New Haven.


Dafydd Jones : New York: High Life, Low Life
Publisher: ACC Art Books
Pages: 120 Pages
Illustrations: 160 black & white
Size: 7.48 in x 9.06 in
ISBN: 9781788842556

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