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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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Alexandra Shulman, by Jane Bown - NPG x88792

Alexandra Shulman

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1996
NPG x88792

Hugh McIlvanney, by Jane Bown - NPG x128558

Hugh McIlvanney

by Jane Bown
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x128558

Sarah Kane, by Jane Bown - NPG x128061

Sarah Kane

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 21 April 1998
NPG x128061

Sir Max Macdonald Hastings, by Jane Bown - NPG x128653

Sir Max Macdonald Hastings

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1999
NPG x128653

Mary Stott, by Jane Bown - NPG x128551

Mary Stott

by Jane Bown
bromide fibre print, 2004
NPG x128551

Queen Elizabeth II, by Jane Bown - NPG x133110

Queen Elizabeth II

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 2006
NPG x133110

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

by Jane Bown
digital print, 1949
NPG x133112

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Evelyn Waugh with his family

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1951
NPG x28638

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Rudolf Nureyev

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1964
NPG x133114

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Cilla Black

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1967
NPG x133105

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Mick Jagger

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1973
NPG x28625

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Samuel Beckett

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1976
NPG x28615

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Cecil Collins; Anthony d'Offay

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1981
NPG x133104

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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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