Art Jones and Pierre Berton

Art Jones Pierre Berton Front social

This image, from a news service called International News Service, shows photographer Art Jones, comparing his speed graphic style press camera with Vancouver Sun reporter, later author and TV personality, Pierre Berton’s 35mm camera before they headed to the Nahanni Valley in the Yukon, then known as Headless Valley after a couple of bodies without heads were found there. It was also rumoured to be the site of a lost gold mine.

This photo was taken in 1947.

Jones, along with fellow Vancouver Sun photographer Ray Munro, left the paper to set up their own studio Artray in 1948. Munro left shortly after leaving Jones as sole business owner. Artray photographed everything from sports, celebrities, news to architecture and more.

You can read more about their expedition at Macleans -Headless valley.

You can see images from the Artray collection at the Vancouver Public Library’s historical photographs Artray.

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