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Jane Bown: An Influence

Free Entry/6.30pm - 9.00pm

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A talk on the life and work of photographer Jane Bown, by Luke Dodd (Jane Bown Archive).

Jane Bown’s elegant, calm and unassuming presence, combined with fun sense of humour, enabled her to create stunning and intimate portraits. Renowned for her portraiture, including subjects such as Queen Elizabeth II, Henri Cartier-Bresson, John Lennon and Margaret Thatcher, her social documentary and photojournalism was mostly unseen before 2007. 

"Jane Bown revelled in referring to herself as a “hack”, but the characteristic self-deprecation hinted at a much greater truth. Jane’s reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s pre-eminent portrait photographers is not in doubt but it has tended to eclipse the diversity of her work. Over the course of more than six decades taking photographs for the Observer, Jane worked in all areas of photojournalism – everything from fashion shows to strikes to demonstrations to dog shows to archaeological digs to beauty pageants to celebrity trials to sex workers.”  - Luke Dodd, The Observer.

"Jane Hope Bown CBE (13 March 1925 – 21 December 2014) was an English photographer who worked for The Observer newspaper from 1949. Her portraits, primarily photographed in black and white and using available light, received widespread critical acclaim and her work has been described as "a kind of English Cartier-Bresson.”  - Wikipedia

Followed by

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Past & Present: The Women Who Influenced Us

Following on from the insight into the life and work of acclaimed photographer Jane Bown, our panel of industry experts will discuss and share their thoughts on the photographers who they feel have not only influenced them, but have influenced society on a whole. 

Panel members:

Luke Dodd - Curator and Journalist, Archiver of Jane Bown’s complete body work at The Guardian & Observer.
Dan Gaba - Photo Editor at The Wall St Journal London.
Karen Harvey – Founder and Creative Director at Shutter Hub.
David McCoy - Creative Imaging Manager at Guardian News & Media.
Maggie Pinhorn – Director of Photomonth East London.
Becky Warnock – Projects Manager at Photovoice.

Chaired by Jackie King (Photographer)

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GRAFIK BITES (Photoshop)