Dafydd Jones’s photograph, taken at Vanity Fair’s 1997 Oscars party shows Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, Morton’s, Los Angeles,
Dafydd Jones got his break as a photographer by capturing the excesses of the “bright young things” at Oxford in the 1980s – a decadent cast that included Hugh Grant and Nigella Lawson and prime ministers Cameron and Johnson.
As a result, he was hired by Tina Brown as Tatler’s society photographer, with an insider’s eye for the edge between observation and satire.
When Brown moved to New York in 1984 to edit Vanity Fair, Jones moved too, in 1988. Nearly a decade later, in 1997, he was sent to photograph Vanity Fair’s annual Oscars bash by Brown’s successor as editor, Graydon Carter.
He was struggling to find a good image until he noticed Mick Jagger sitting by himself looking bored, the world’s least likely wallflower.
“Madonna crossed the room and sat down next to him,” Jones recalls. “She started talking and he became quite animated. Then Tony Curtis came along and sat down at the same table on the other side and started monopolising Madonna. Jagger was on his own again and looked miserable.”