Jane Bown

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The big picture: Jane Bown shoots a day out at Wimbledon
The Observer photographer’s image of schoolgirls in 1952 captures signs of teenage attitude to come

Tim Adams

23, Jun, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Observer picture archive: Old Bill the beggar, 11 May 1969
Celebrated for her portraiture, Jane Bown was also a passionate street photographer

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

04, May, 2019 @4:30 PM

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Observer picture archive: nurses pay protest, 28 April 1962
Jane Bown photographed the biggest gathering of nurses ever held in Britain for the Observer’s front page

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

27, Apr, 2019 @4:30 PM

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Observer picture archive: Jayne Mansfield, 7 April 1967
Just two months before the American film star’s untimely death, photographer Jane Bown joined her on a troubled tour of the nightclubs of northern England

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

06, Apr, 2019 @4:30 PM

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Observer picture archive: Billie Whitelaw, 28 March 1969
Jane Bown photographed the award-winning actor and John Gale asked her about her life

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

23, Mar, 2019 @5:30 PM

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Influential Observer photographer Jane Bown's scrapbook
Jane Bown compiled a scrapbook during the early 1980s, which gives a rare insight into her work, impact and fame

Margaret Holborn and Jan Trott

15, Mar, 2019 @11:46 AM

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Observer picture archive: butcher's window, 11 March 1951
At a time of national meat shortages, Jane Bown’s photograph of an empty shop display in Penzance, Cornwall, was published on page one of the paper

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

09, Mar, 2019 @5:30 PM

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Observer picture archive: bidders at Sotheby's, 25 February 1954
Jane Bown visited the London auction rooms and returned with this beautifully composed photograph

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

23, Feb, 2019 @5:30 PM

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Observer picture archive: char ladies of the Foreign Office, 4 February 1968
Photographer Jane Bown and writer John Gale met the women who were facing the loss of their jobs.

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

02, Feb, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Observer picture archive: Lost and found, part 3
In the last of a three-part feature, the Observer’s picture editor looks at treasures unearthed while researching the paper’s archive

Greg Whitmore

26, Jan, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Observer picture archive: Lost and found, part 2
Jane Bown’s beautiful study of texture is one of the many gems from the Observer picture library that will never make it into this archive photography series

Greg Whitmore

05, Jan, 2019 @6:00 PM

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The big picture: Santa at Witley station, 1962, by Jane Bown
The Observer photographer’s picture of an off-duty Father Christmas is typical of her keen social eye

Tim Adams

23, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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