Jane Bown, King's Place Gallery N1

Monday, 23 November 2009


British photographer Jane Bown's work has been appearing in the Observer newspaper since 1949.  She is renowned for her unpretentious black and white portraiture of well-known personalities.  Exposures: 100 Portraits
exhibited some of the biggest names in music, film and television.  My aim was to learn more about Bown's style and to try to pick up some tips for myself on shooting portraits.   


* Backgrounds were often thrown out of focus using a wide aperture to maximise details of the face and bring out personality
* Some photos were taken with perspective, in others the head and shoulders filled the frame 

* Context was used to place the subject either in or outside of the environment which they are known for
* A range of facial expressions including smiles and laughing made a refreshing change!

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