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Minimalism Unwrapped

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Travel to Kings Place

Exposures: Jane Bown: 100 Portraits, in association with The Observer

Jane Bown had been taking portraits for the Observer newspaper since 1949 and in that time has photographed everyone from Bertrand Russell to the Beatles to Samuel Beckett to the Queen. Working almost exclusively in black and white and with an absolute economy of means her portraits are immediately recognisable and many have become classics of the genre.

Over the past few years, Jane’s extensive archive has been catalogued for the first time leading to a significant reassessment of her work.

The exhibition will showcase 100 of Jane’s best photographs across her six-decade career. This will include many familiar images, however, a significant number will be drawn from previously unknown shoots (e.g. Tarkovsky, de Niro, etc.), or alternative pictures from familiar shoots (e.g. Nureyev, Mansfield, Jagger, etc.)

The exhibition and accompanying book will cement Jane Bown’s reputation as one of Britain’s most significant photojournalists and a portraitist with few peers. 

EXPOSURES by Jane Bown
Introduction by Luke Dodd.  Guardian Books: 100 b&w illustrations, 240 pages.
Exhibition price: £25 
Accompanying some of the images featured in the book are Jane Bown's recollections of the day the pictures were taken, including anecdotes from, amongst others, her photo-sessions with Francis Bacon, Bono, Lucian Freud, Jane Mansfield, Rudolph Nureyev and Vita Sackville-West. 

Unframed prints from the UNKNOWN BOWN catalogue available to purchase.

ADMISSION FREE - No advanced booking required

OPENING HOURS:
Monday - Friday     10 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday  12 noon - 6 pm


www.theobserver.co.uk/janebown

Touring to the University Gallery, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. 8 January - 26 February 2010

Watch a Channel 4 interview with Jane Bown.