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The Unknown Bown [Paperback]

Jane Bown , Luke Dodd , Mark Porter , Germaine Greer
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1 Sep 2007
"The Observer" published its first Jane Bown photograph in December 1949, beginning a romance between Britain's oldest Sunday paper and the country's most loved photographer that still flourishes. By 1980, she was renowned enough for the National Portrait Gallery to hold a one-person exhibition of her work and there have been no fewer than seven published collections of her photographs. This first ever collection of Bown's non-portraiture stretches back to her student days and includes many previously unpublished and some previously unseen images. It stands as a fascinating insight into Bown's development as an artist, and reveals a breadth to her talents that will surprise and energise all lovers of her work. The many set pieces, whose instinctive drama captures social history in the making, will appeal to the 'retrospective' market.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Newspapers Ltd (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852650760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852650769
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book of photographs. 24 May 2009
Unknown Bown. Is really a very beautiful book of photographs that Jane took in the 50s and 60s. All the photographs are superb.My favorites Southend-on-Sea 1954,Deck chair girl 1960,Crufts Dog Show 1960,Woman on Bus,1954.This book is a very nice addition to Janes The Gentle Eye 1980. And Faces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful British prints 8 Jan 2014
A thoughtful book of black and white photographs which capture the British population at work and play. These casual moments captured in beautiful monochrome with a candid and insightful interview with Jane Bown makes for a delicious insight into her approach to her 'non-work'. Jane Bown is usually associated with the formal portraiture images, as the interview reveals, this book is filled with the world Jane captures out of her own personal interests.
I love the fact that the plates are not competing with text which is kept to the start and end of the book - page after page of photos is hard to put down.
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