Dafydd Jones b. 1956

Images
Biography

Dafydd Jones writes of his work: "I've been inspired to photograph people, eccentricity, the art world, fashion and parties. in 1981 I was a prizewinner in a photography competition run by the Sunday Times magazine with a set of pictures of the 'Bright Young Things'. I was then hired by Tina Brown to photograph Balls, debutante dances and weddings for the Tatler magazine. Under Mark Boxer the style of social pictures in the magazine developed into an irrerevant but affectionate portrait of english social life and the social season... ... For twenty years I did all my own darkroom printing in black and white. Typically at the time I would do one or two small prints of each picture. If the image was particulalry memorable I would do a 16 x 12 portfolio print or a 20 x 16 exhibition print."In a recent inteeriew, he elaborated:I went to art school. After leaving I managed to get a job at Butlins holiday camp as a 'colour walkie' photographer. When I finished the season it was impossible to get any sort of job - I'd saved up enough at Butlins to buy some camera equipment. Some art school friends were setting up a cheap shared studio space in Jericho in Oxford. I took a space planning on doing photographic black and white portraits. At the same time I was shortlisted for a photography competition for phtojournalists the Sunday Times were running.- One of the subjects for a photo essay was - The Return of the Bright Young Things'- Living in Oxford already I was in the right place. After I began this project I decided that I wasn't sure if the ' Bright Young Things' actually existed but that there was definitely a change going on at Oxford. .It was the first time I'd photographed parties. - I tried to take photographs that recorded the memorable moments and described what was happening. I tried doing a few colour pictures but black and white spoke much more strongly. Also my budget was low. I bought a bulk roll of black and white film. Developed and printed them in my darkroom. - I didn't win the competition I was a runner-up. The judges described my pictures as being more 'pointed than the winners.' The magazine issue caused a small sensation at the time. - My work attracted the attention of Tina Brown who at the time was an up an coming editor on the Tatler.I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to photograph these parties. I had access to what felt like a secret world. It was a subject that had been written about and dramatised but I don't think any photographers had ever tackled before. There was a change going on. Someone described it as a 'last hurrah' of the upper classes. I have been very lucky to work with editors, art directors and picture editors that have encouraged me and used the pictures well. Tina Brown, Mark Boxer, Graydon Carter, Jane Procter, etc.The first time we met Tina Brown I was surprised at her bluntness. She would speak her mind. She was always on the lookout for new talent. - She gave the impression she'd drop you if she found someone whose work she preferred. When Mark Boxer became editor at the Tatler the magazine had a golden period. It was the best magazine I've worked for - With fashion by Joe Mckenna, Isabella Blow and Michael Roberts. - Spoofs by Craig Brown and brilliant writing and photography. But Mark tragically died. Emma Soames became editor but she had a difficult job following Mark. I wasn't sure how much she 'got' my pictures. The party coverage could be cruel if the pictures were used in the wrong way. Then there was a recession on the horizon. Someone mentioned introducing colour photography to Bystander and having more flattering pictures of smiling faces. At that point I decided to go to New York ask Tina about an offer she'd made a few years earlier. Dafydd Jones, extracts from an interview with Grant Scott, 2007.

Works
  • Dafydd Jones, Gallery Attendants... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1976
    Dafydd Jones
    Gallery Attendants... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1976
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Bloody Assizes... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
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    Bloody Assizes... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Cinderella Ball. Dorchester Hotel... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
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    Cinderella Ball. Dorchester Hotel... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Keats Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
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    Keats Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Keats Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
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    Keats Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Monday Club Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
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    Monday Club Dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Piers Gaveston dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Dafydd Jones
    Piers Gaveston dinner... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1980
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Boodles ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
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    Boodles ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Dangerous Sports Club Tea Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Dafydd Jones
    Dangerous Sports Club Tea Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Hammersmith Palais... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
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    Hammersmith Palais... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Nigella Lawson... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
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    Nigella Lawson... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Onanist Dining Club... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
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    Onanist Dining Club... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Soda Siphon... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
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    Soda Siphon... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, The Feathers Ball, Hammersmith Palais... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Dafydd Jones
    The Feathers Ball, Hammersmith Palais... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Trinity Ball, Cambridge ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Dafydd Jones
    Trinity Ball, Cambridge ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Worcester May Ball, Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Dafydd Jones
    Worcester May Ball, Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1981
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Bullingdon Point to Point... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Dafydd Jones
    Bullingdon Point to Point... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Debutante in a lily pond... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Dafydd Jones
    Debutante in a lily pond... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Falklands Ball. Grosvenor House... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Dafydd Jones
    Falklands Ball. Grosvenor House... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Limbo Dancer... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Dafydd Jones
    Limbo Dancer... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1982
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Hugh Grant, Piers Gaveston Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
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    Hugh Grant, Piers Gaveston Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Lucian Freud ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Dafydd Jones
    Lucian Freud ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, May Morning, Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Dafydd Jones
    May Morning, Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, New College May Ball ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Dafydd Jones
    New College May Ball ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, The Queen... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Dafydd Jones
    The Queen... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1983
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Burning Boat, Oriel. Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Burning Boat, Oriel. Oxford... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Henley Regatta... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Henley Regatta... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Shaftesbury's... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Shaftesbury's... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Trinity May Ball, Cambridge... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Trinity May Ball, Cambridge... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.94 x 35.57 cms
    11 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Valentino Ball, Oxford Union... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Valentino Ball, Oxford Union... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Wedding, Hampshire... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Dafydd Jones
    Wedding, Hampshire... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1984
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Martin Amis... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1985
    Dafydd Jones
    Martin Amis... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1985
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Cliveden... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1986
    Dafydd Jones
    Cliveden... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1986
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Drinks Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1986
    Dafydd Jones
    Drinks Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1986
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
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  • Dafydd Jones, Metallic Ball, Glaziers Hall... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
    Dafydd Jones
    Metallic Ball, Glaziers Hall... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
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  • Dafydd Jones, Sothebys... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
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    Sothebys... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Wedding Reception, Hyde Park Hotel ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
    Dafydd Jones
    Wedding Reception, Hyde Park Hotel ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1987
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Birthday Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    Birthday Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, New Years Eve Party ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    New Years Eve Party ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Palladian Revels ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    Palladian Revels ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Polish Club, London... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
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    Polish Club, London... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Revellers, Sandhurst Commissioning Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
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    Revellers, Sandhurst Commissioning Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Rose Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    Rose Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Sandhurst Commissioning Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    Sandhurst Commissioning Ball... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
    11 1/16 x 14 1/16 ins
    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Yves St Laurent Fashion Show ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Dafydd Jones
    Yves St Laurent Fashion Show ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1988
    Gelatin Silver Print
    27.95 x 35.58 cms
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  • Dafydd Jones, Literary Lions. New York Public Library... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1989
    Dafydd Jones
    Literary Lions. New York Public Library... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1989
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Spanish gold medal gala. Pierre Hotel. New York... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1989
    Dafydd Jones
    Spanish gold medal gala. Pierre Hotel. New York... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1989
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Ivana Trump... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1990
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    Ivana Trump... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1990
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Nina Ricci Fashion Show... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1991
    Dafydd Jones
    Nina Ricci Fashion Show... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1991
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Venice ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1991
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    Venice ... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1991
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Norman Rosenbaum... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1992
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    Norman Rosenbaum... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1992
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Elephants... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1993
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    Elephants... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1993
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Warhol Masks... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1994
    Dafydd Jones
    Warhol Masks... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1994
    Gelatin Silver Print
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  • Dafydd Jones, Kate Moss & Johnny Depp... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1995
    Dafydd Jones
    Kate Moss & Johnny Depp... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1995
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Surprise Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1997
    Dafydd Jones
    Surprise Party... from "Exhibition in a Box", 1997
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    £ 950.00
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  • Dafydd Jones, Scarlett Johansson and Naomi Watts... from "Exhibition in a Box", 2004
    Dafydd Jones
    Scarlett Johansson and Naomi Watts... from "Exhibition in a Box", 2004
    Gelatin Silver Print
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    £ 950.00
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