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Jane Bown (1925-), Photographer

Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Artist associated with 72 portraits
Born in 1925, Bown worked as a chart corrector in the Wrens, 1944-46. She was a student photographer at Guildford School of Art, 1946-50. Bown started her photographic career 56 years ago when her portrait of Bertrand Russell appeared in The Observer. Admired for her straightforward, naturally posed, black and white portraits usually taken with available light. Her published books include The Gentle Eye (1980) which was accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 1980-81, Women of Consequence (1986), Men of Consequence (1987) and Faces (2000). In 1995 Bown was awarded a CBE for her outstanding contribution to photography.

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Jane Bown

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, circa 1959
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Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, 1967
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Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
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Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
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Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
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Photographers of 'Stars of the British Screen'

by Norman Parkinson
bromide fibre print, 11 December 1985
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Jane Bown

by Ann McGuinness
C-type colour print, 1988
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