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Ten vintage photos of London by Jane Bown

The city as seen by the legendary press photographer

Written by
Martin Coomer
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Jane Bown (1925-2014) went by the mantra that ‘photographers should neither be seen nor heard’ but the late Observer photographer used her unassuming personality and unobtrusive style to get close to some of the biggest names and events of the twentieth century. Two hundred of her best shots are brought together in a new monograph, including portraits of the Queen, The Beatles and Björk. You'll also see ace examples of her lesser-known street photography, including images of London, its inhabitants and visitors picked from Bown's stellar six-decade career. 

‘Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking’ is published by Faber & Faber.

US Artists for Peace Demo, Trafalgar Square, 1971
© Jane Bown

US Artists for Peace Demo, Trafalgar Square, 1971

American Tourists, 1968
© Jane Bown

American Tourists, 1968

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Gypsy Children, Burned-Out Tram, early '60s
© Jane Bown

Gypsy Children, Burned-Out Tram, early '60s

Crowns, Buckingham Palace, 1958
© Jane Bown

Crowns, Buckingham Palace, 1958

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Earl's Court, London, 1960
© Jane Bown

Earl's Court, London, 1960

Embankment, Family on Bench, 1963
© Jane Bown

Embankment, Family on Bench, 1963

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Gay Pride Demo, 1977
© Jane Bown

Gay Pride Demo, 1977

Royal Academy, 1964
© Jane Bown

Royal Academy, 1964

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Temple Station, London, 1963
© Jane Bown

Temple Station, London, 1963

Tiller Girls, 1962
© Jane Bown

Tiller Girls, 1962

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