The eyes are the window of the soul, and every face tells a story. One of the world's finest portrait photographers, working exclusively in black-and-white and using only natural light, has been the visual "biographer" of some of the late-20th century's most famous people. Jane Brown's unerring eye and talent for revealing the personalities of her sitters have won tremendous critical acclaim. Using some of her most compelling images, Brown reveals the secrets of her craft, with its technicalities and creative possibilities. Among the celebrities are a thoughtful looking Spike Lee; a smiling and wide-eyed Robin Williams; and singer Sinead O'Connor, her gaze lowered, her head leaning softly into her shoulder. This collection sheds a more personal light on some of the finest writers, actors, musicians, artists, and public figures around the globe.
Jane Bown is a legendary "Observer" photographer best-known for her portraits of icons from Samuel Beckett to Bjork. This is a charming collection of 100 black-and-white pictures of felines that reveals the same sympathetic eye and wit as her portraits. She captures the cats sprawling, prowling, lolling, playing, feeding and lounging. House cats, alley cats, show cats and kittens trip and gambol across these pages making this the perfect photographic treat for cat-lovers."
Jane Bown's photographs are telling, distinctive and completely unaffected. She admits to no technique other than an uncluttered approach and a firm belief in the use of natural light. Such immediacy, coupled with a unique sensitivity towards her subjects, has resulted in a lifetime of intuitive and expressive images. This book selects from the whole range of her photography during the forty-five years she has worked for London's Observer, starting with scenes typical of the fifties and ending with others characteristic of the nineties. The portraits, sandwiched between these and forming the body of the book, themselves range widely - from such proven classics as those of Samuel Beckett, Mick Jagger and John Gielgud, to early studies of the Beatles and recent photos of Alan Bennett, Archbishop Tutu, Boy George and Woody Allen among a great variety of famous people in the worlds of music, literature, stage, screen, politics and the arts. Singly and collectively they reveal the compassion, perceptiveness and humor of Jane Bown's vision both as public and private observer.
Author: Sefton Samuels
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-05-31
The word 'northern' conjures plenty of stereotypical images; men in flat caps, cobbled streets, pies and rain. But beyond the clichés lies a region rich in its diversity, devilish in its humour and fertile in its culture, and it is these characteristics that iconic photographer Sefton Samuels has captured faithfully over four decades, and are compiled here in Northerners. Described by the Guardian as 'the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach', Samuels shot legendary figures of northern life, from Alan Bennett to Morrissey, LS Lowry to George Best and Sir Ben Kingsley, but most famously and vividly he captured the realities of everyday life across the north. With snatched shots of children cheekily mugging to his camera, pictures of the more grandiose members of society at the local hunt, photos of the bleaker side of life with the riots in Moss Side, and snaps of the young and fashionable posing as they hang around with nothing to do, Northerners reveals a photographer at one with his subject; and a region whose open character was meant to be captured through a lens.
Author: David C. Turnley
Release Date: 2007
Two renowned photojournalists present a nostalgic collection of more than one hundred black-and-white photographs--taken by the authors as part of a high-school project--that capture everyday life in a working-class neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana, during the 1970s.
This photographic portrait of cats contains 60 black and white photographs by "The Observer" photographer Jane Bown. An introduction by journalist and playwright Julie Welch sets the scene for the cats themselves, whether active or relaxing, indoors or outdoors.
Author: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
Release Date: 1973
Features new duotone reproductions of one hundred landmark photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art that chronicle the historical evolution of the photographic arts in works by Adams, Weston, Stieglitz, Steichen, and other notable photographers. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
a) The Unicorn As with the night-scented stock, the full splendour of the unicorn manifests itself most potently at twilight. Then the horn sprouts, swells, blooms in all its glory. SEE THE HORN (bend the tab, slit in slot marked 'x') Despite being one of the most influential - and best-loved - of the post-war English writers, Angela Carter remains little-known as a poet. In Unicorn, the critic and historian Rosemary Hill collects together her published verse from 1963-1971, a period in which Carter began to explore the themes that dominated her later work: magic, the reworking of myths and their darker sides, and the overturning of literary and social conventions. With imagery at times startling in its violence and disconcerting in its presentation of sexuality, Unicorn provides compelling insight into the formation of a remarkable imagination. In the essay that accompanies the poems the critic and historian Rosemary Hill considers them in the context of Carter's other work and as an aspect of the 1960s, the decade which as Carter put it 'wasn't like they say in the movies'.
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Pub
Release Date: 2013
Picture Post, the UK’s best known illustrated magazine was launched 75 years ago in October 1938 and ran for almost twenty years. It was massively popular and at its peak had a circulation of just under two million copies. At the age of 22, John Chillingworth was the youngest member of the ‘star’ team of photographic journalists on the magazine. Although John Chillingworth’s images are still reproduced in publications around the world, this is his first monograph and features a wide range of photographs, primarily taken during his Picture Post years.