The Observer published its first Jane Bown photograph in December 1949, beginning a romance between Britain's oldest Sunday paper and the country's most loved photographer that still flourishes.
Working almost exclusively in black and white and in natural daylight, Bown has produced photographs which seem to capture a subject's mystery. Known for working quickly, unobtrusively and decisively, she often snatched great pictures in impossible circumstances and has an eerie instinct for capturing the perfect moment, even from the midst of a scrum of in a rushed interview.
Now for the first time her followers have the chance to see pictures that never made the newspaper - the ones that hit the cutting room floor. Including classic images such as the Queen, Mick Jagger, Bjork and the Beatles as well as a body of largely unknown body of work from the 1950s and 60s.
This definitive collection illustrates why Jane Bown is hailed as one of the UK's pre-eminent portrait photographers.
About this author
Jane Bown (born 1925) has been a photographer for the Observer since 1949. Working primarily with a 40 year old camera she has photographed hundreds of subjects including Orson Welles, Samuel Beckett, Sir John Betjeman, John Lennon and many more.