Faces: The Creative Process Behind Great Portraits by Jane Bown is back to basics portrait photography. She used black and white film (Kodak Tri X), a simple manual camera (Olympus OM1), natural light and a whole lot of talent. For 50 years she worked as a photographer for the Observer newspaper. Turning the pages of her book takes you on a journey through modern history. You start with the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Orson Welles, and finish with modern lumineries including the Coen brothers and Spike Lee.
The book is well worth checking out. It has left me inspired to put some black and white film in my camera.
Is that a really famous photo on the cover? I feel like I’ve seen it before, but nothing comes to mind in terms of period or context or the name of the photographer…
It’s a photograph of Icelandic singer Bjork. I expect Bown’s images have been used in many places. I wonder if it was also used on an album cover.