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Jane Bown

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Bugleone, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Bugleone

    Bugleone TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Jane Bown who died on Sunday was one of the worlds top portrait photographers. Although many people here will not be aware of her name they will have seen some of her iconic work which became historic documentation of the second half of the 20th century.

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/21/observer-photographer-jane-bown-dies-age-89

    The reason why I am posting here is because of Jane's superb B/W technique using very simple equipment.....just Olympus OM1(with 35mm film) and (manual) 85mm set to f2.8....focused on one of the sitters eyes. She disliked 'gear' and tried to only use available light,..although she sometimes carried a desk lamp in a plastic carrier bag.

    Much (most) of her work will repay careful examination if you like to make good images yourself. Having read her interesting obitury, make sure to click on 'Her life in photograhs' to see some of the several thousand portraits she shot for The Observer over 65 years.
     
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  2. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC