Proud Galleries is pleased to present ‘Jane Bown: The Observer’, a retrospective exhibition displaying the works of esteemed photojournalist Jane Bown.
Working within a male dominated industry, this significant 20th Century female photographer captured eminent portraits of post-war Britain on assignments for The Observer from 1949; a career that spanned six decades and documented the austerity of the 1950s through to the rise of modern celebrity-culture. Bown has been frequently positioned amongst the ranks of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank for her candid style and engagement with the ‘decisive moment’. The collection highlights Bown’s documentary and portraiture work, exploring quintessential Britain and its defining figures through evocative black and white film photography.
Bown’s extensive portfolio ranged from women’s demonstrations, political strikes and poignant street photography to her more recognised portraits of cultural figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, The Beatles and Mick Jagger. Following two exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a CBE for her outstanding contribution to photography, Guardian Media Group produced the documentary, ‘Looking for Light: Jane Bown’, reinforcing Bown’s position as a significant 20th century photographer. In her own words, “photographers should neither be seen nor heard” – however, Jane Bown’s emotive work and lasting legacy prove otherwise.
Images courtesy of Proud Galleries © Jane Bown Estate