A revealing portrait of this most self-effacing but great portrait photographer emerges through conversation, anecdote and candid reflection. In the almost six decades that Jane Bown worked for the Observer newspaper, she became renowned for insightful, highly individualistic portraits of the famous. Some of these portraits are now regarded as classics of the genre - Samuel Beckett, Queen Elizabeth, the Beatles, Bertrand Russell, Mick Jagger, Margaret Thatcher, etc. Bown's great mantra is, 'photographers should neither be seen nor heard'. Diminutive in stature and with an all-important ability to blend into the background, Bown was the antithesis of the Fleet Street, macho photojournalist. This feature documentary is a beautiful portrait of both Jane Bown, her determination to succeed in an almost exclusively male world, and her process of working as a photographer. It includes interviews with Rankin, Nobby Clark and Don McCullin, and her many iconic photographs of the great and the good (and a few bad) of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
This screening is part of our month long celebration of East London Photography Month. It precedes a talk on the life of and work of the photographer by the director Luke Dodd from the Jane Bown archives, at The Guardian and The Observer, which will take place in the same Venue on Wednesday 19th October from 6.30pm
Please check out our website for full information on the other workshops, exhibitions, talks and other screenings that will be taking place at the venue.