Ballet dancer

Colin Jones, ballet dancer turned photographer who took unforgettable images of workers as well as stars including The Who – obituary

Traveling with the corporate elite introduced Jones to a lifestyle that Piggott Street had hardly prepared him for. He first develops his photographs furtively, under his hotel bed.

“In the early 1960s, he says, we toured the Philippines. [Future president] Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos invited the company to a banquet in this magnificent garden. Each of us had our personal server who served champagne and then appeared with a large block of ice. Different types of fish were frozen there. You indicated what you wanted; your server chiseled it.

A dense plume of smoke, Jones recalled, was visible in Manila Bay. “I asked Imelda Marcos: ‘What is it?’ And she said, “Oh, guys are just…” – those are her exact words – “…burn the slums”. ”

The next morning, Jones headed for the ghetto.

“I saw them bulldozing houses,” he recalls. “There were children in bed; they demolished their houses and set them on fire.

Witnessing this, he says, “something snapped inside me. I think that’s when I decided to leave the ballet. I kept thinking: this is what was happening, as I sipped Krug and watched my personal server carve up my lobster.