Her first commission for the Observer was a portrait of philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1949.
From then, Bown photographed the great and the good, the rich and the poor, the ordinary and extraordinary with a compassionate and gentle eye. Jane Bown died at age 89.
Bertrand Russell, 1949 Jane received the details of her first commission for the Observer via telegram. She was to photograph Russell at breakfast with his new wife, Dora. Jane later recalled she was ‘terrified, absolutely terrified’
Postman and postwoman having a picnic, 1966 This was one of Jane’s favourite photos
Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg at Pinewood studios, 1962