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Jane Bown

(1925-2014), Photographer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 73 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 - NPG x133155

Jane Bown

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, circa 1959
NPG x133155

Jane Bown, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11634

Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, 1967
NPG x11634

Jane Bown, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11635

Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x11635

Jane Bown, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11636

Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x11636

Jane Bown, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11637

Jane Bown

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x11637

Photographers of 'Stars of the British Screen', by Norman Parkinson - NPG x127320

Photographers of 'Stars of the British Screen'

by Norman Parkinson
bromide fibre print, 11 December 1985
NPG x127320

Jane Bown, by Ann McGuinness - NPG x34001

Jane Bown

by Ann McGuinness
C-type colour print, 1988
NPG x34001


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Marion Bond

11 October 2017, 21:47

Jane (Mrs Moss) was my neighbour in Alresford. She took a lovely b&w photo of me for my 50th birthday and signed it. Naturally I was thrilled. I paid for the printing and she kept the negatives for her archive. Actually she took quite a few but I chose to enlarge 2 only.

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