Exposure - Jane Brownuntil 06.12.2009
In 2002 British photo journalist Jane Bown donated her entire collection to The Newsroom, The Guardian and The Observer's archive and 100 of her iconic black and white photographs - 50 of which have never been seen before - go on display in the Guardian News and Media galleries in Kings Place from 23 October.
Starting out at The Observer in 1949, Jane's first published portrait was of philosopher Bertrand Russell, she went on to cover a huge variety of topics from Glastonbury to Churchill's funeral. In 1985 she was awarded the MBE, going on to recieive the CBE a decade later for her outstanding contribution to photography.
Part of the collection on display at the foyer of the Guardian's head office
She's been working for 60 years with the Observer, something which is as extraordinary in itself as her captures. Personally not a regular reader of the newspaper, I try to understand what this means. It shows that both parties must have some common beliefs that tie them together in addition to money and contract, which, could easily be better offered by a thrid party. Their co-existence probably brings synergy to their individual brands, and together their signatures re-inforce each other's works.
For those who haven't been to Kings Place, you may be glad to find there are 2 other galleries inside the building. The place also has 2 small music halls which have excellent acoustic performance. The galleries serve well as pre-or-post-concert activity. There is also outdoor dining along Regent's Canal, and an indoor cafe.
Full photo set here
P.S. Don't miss the interview link below if you want to know more about Jane as a person!
Further readings -
Official website of Jane Brown, with gallery of her photos
Exposure by Jane Brown (book review) by Adam for knowphoto.com
Wikipedia's entry for Jane Brown, with links to pages about her in a few other websites
The eyes have it by Robin McKie for the Observer, 18.10.2009 - an interview with Jane