Bown exhibition at The Newsroom

Feet through fence

Credit: Jane Bown

Feet through fence, Hampshire, c.1955

A free exhibition featuring largely unseen work by photographer Jane Bown is due to open this Friday at the Newsroom, the Guardian and Observer archive and visitor centre.

Bown is widely acknowledged as one of the finest photographers of her generation. The exhibition of her largely unseen photographs, will run unil late January 2008.

Bown’s first portrait, of the philosopher Bertrand Russell, was published in The Observer in 1949.

‘The best pictures are uninvited, they’re suddenly there in front of you…easy to see, but difficult to catch. Some people take pictures, I find them. These pictures are the real me,’Bown said, describing her early work.

Earls Court

Earl’s Court Underground, c.1960

Bown was awarded an MBE in 19895 and a CBE in 1995 for her outstanding contribution to photography. She donated her entire collection of more than 50 years of reportage and portraiture phiotography to the Newsroom archive in 2002.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page book, including an interview with Bown.

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