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Bown doesn't give much away in this doc. What you want to know is what her subjects were really like ... But you'll get no gossip here.
There is no great revelation and the documentary can be a tad lumbering, but Bown's photographs are a glorious gallery trip from a cinema seat.
Unfortunately Bown herself is not terribly revealing.
It's a quiet, moving portrait of Jane Bown, the longstanding Observer photographer who has taken all those iconic pictures you know but probably didn't know she'd taken.
[An] affectionate and somewhat wistful account of her rise to prominence as a portrait photographer of legend and renown.
The doc deals sensitively with the extraordinary circumstances of her childhood and features illuminating contributions from journalists and fellow photographers.
It is an excellent, intelligent, and unfussily traditional documentary about a gifted artist who photographed many key 20th-century figures ...
An empathetic, melancholy documentary about the photographer, now 89, who started on the paper in 1963 with an assignment to photograph Jean Cocteau.
This is a compact, pleasing, and thoroughly welcome documentary about Bown, a small but indomitable woman who became a mainstay of celebrity portraiture almost by accident.
This gentle, no-frills doc eschews music to let the images do the talking - Bown's striking snaps are the real stars.
For anyone interested in the art of "getting the picture", this is a must.
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