Jane Bown

Jane Bown was probably the first photographer whose style I recognised.  The prominent position given to her portraits each week by the Observer always struck me as being by the same hand even when the subject could vary wildly.  Bown’s work looks simple and she herself is alarmingly modest about it.  But it isn’t and she shouldn’t have been.  Her skill in knowing just how to use light and her awareness and tenacity in getting the right shot are not things easily replicated.

This short film has some of her landmark images narrated by the woman herself.

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