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Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking Hardcover – 15 Oct 2015

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing; Main edition (15 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783350857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783350858
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 3 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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This mischievously edited book (the juxtapositions are lovely...) is a testament to the Observer photographer Jane Brown's instinct for the perfect - and quick - picture. You forget how many of the genuinely iconic images of, well, icons, are actually hers. (Times)

[A] wonderful book. From Charlie Chaplin to Bjork, her photographs are always surprising, and frequently moving, too. (Observer)

This superb collection of [Bown's] work contrasts the unassuming, modest, private woman with the worldwide acclaim for her public work. (Daily Mail)

This seals [Bown's] reputation as one of Britain's greatest photographers. (Independent on Sunday)

Her ability to get under a sitter's skin can be seen in this collection, in portraits of James Baldwin, Mick Jagger, the Queen and a rather magical picture of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward all laughing, dressed as though for a day at the races ... The book is a joy in itself but also serves as a kind of record of the second half of the twentieth century. (A Little Bird)

There's a reason why Jane Bown garnered the nickname 'Tenacity Jane', for the woman never missed a shot ... In Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking you can see her magic touch at work with portraits of everyone from Mick Jagger and Margot Fonteyn to miners, fisherman and dancing girls. Exquisite. (RED)

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This is the definitive monograph of the legendary British photographer Jane Bown.

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This is an all-round excellent book of pictures by an excellent photographer. As someone interested in photography there is much to be learned from what she did and didn't do in the course of her work. However, anyone interested in the UK from 1950 to 2010 would find much of interest here. Brown brings the same simple technique and tools to pictures of ordinary people or so called celebrities. One thing she didn't bring was an over-sized ego. Very encouraging to see it all work so well over such a long period. There is some overlap in the photographs chosen with another book I have; 'Exposures', edited by the same person, but enough of a difference that both books are worth owning.

(Only down side was the terrible packing by Amazon UK, which resulted in some (minor) damage to the book in transit. They need to check with Amazon US, or Amazon Canada, to see how it's done.)
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I have a couple of Jane Bown books, but this is my favourite. It is organised into sections by theme. Nearly all of the photographs are black and white, which a couple of notable exceptions (I remember a nice one of Angela Carter for example).
I admire her simple, direct approach to portraits. I don't believe she particularly directed her subjects, but rather arranged the setting and then waited for them to do what she wanted.
A good sized book, not too big or small, well printed.
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Brilliant record of a lifetime of photography. An essential and lasting reminder of Bown's unique eye. A must for anyone interested in photography as a means of recording the amazing diversity and often oddity of society.
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I love Jane Bown's photos and these are a fantastic collection of mainly British life over the last 50 years.
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An often underrated photographer whose work is unmissable for those interested in photography. She featured on Eamonn McCabe's History of British Photography and this book contains many seminal images.
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Excellent coffee table sized photographic book but mine arrived slightly bent at the corner and had to b returned. I hope packaging has now improved to be worthy of the book its covering.
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Beautiful book of photos by one of the greatest photographers.
Expensive, of course, but worth it. Something to treasure.
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A truly remarkable book full of wonderful pictures and stories. A refreshing change from modern processing methods and a masterclass for anyone who really wants to learn about photography.
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