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Faces: The Creative Process Behind Great Portraits [Hardcover]

Jane Bown
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; First Edition edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855857898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855857896
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 23.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faces is a beautifully illustrated insight into portrait photography from Jane Bown,a leading exponent of art .

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A pair of inviting eyes and an almost beckoning finger draw you into this remarkable book. Jane Bown's "Faces: The Creative Process Behind Great Portraits" is a collection of some of her best photographs of famous people.
Photographer extrodinaire, her talent is evident on each page and, when we read the brief descriptions of how each picture was taken, it is even more amazing. Some were taken with only a few minutes of time allocated and in very difficult locations.
The black and white pictures, taken mostly in natural light, reveal subjects relaxed and comfortable. As we look at them, we see more than just a face, but not as voyeurs. There is no unwanted exposure, just intimacy and trust between subject and photographer.
Subjects range from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Mother Theresa via Richard Burton, Noel Coward and Orson Welles. John Betjeman's laugh is a masterpiece and a pensive Eartha Kitt is moving. There is nothing intrusive, but we can feel a personal empathy with them, thoughtful, contemplative, laughing, dreaming or, sometimes, smiling.
We see familiar people in a different light and learn a little more about them. This is a book that I shall return to frequently, certain to find something new each time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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If you thought that beautiful portrais can only be made by using fancy strobes, incedent light meters, backgrounds and reflectors, this book will change your mind. Bowen only uses natural light and very little else, yet her portraits are technically perfect, sensitive and soulful. The photographs in the book depict celebrities in black and white and in a manner which provides a glimpse into their true character. The author also provides a little information about the shooting conditions and why the end result works. (However, it is not a how-to instruction book.) A must-read for anyone interested in portrait photography.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most inspirational books i have ever seen on portrait photography. from the moment you open it you dont want it to end. The photographer Jane Brown shares her techniques, from f-stops to film and has wonderful tales to tell of all her pictures. The portraits are stunning especially the one of Danny de vito(pg104) and Patricria Arquette(pg-111). A great book to pick up when you need that boost of inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational book in its own quiet way 22 Feb 2002
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In a previous book, The Gentle Eye, the commentary at the back likened Jane Bown's photography with Jane Austen's novels; quintesntiually English, observant, using all but a simple canvas. This book highlights how she has taken penetrating photographs with simple equipment (no meters, flashes, props, backdrops, studio lights, zoom lenses, exotic locations). With her commentary, she draw the reader's attention to the use of natural light, dark and light, hands and framing to give the reader the benefit of decades of picture-taking experience.
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