Jane Bown ‘Cats’
Jane Bown took photographs of cats throughout her career and because these 'snaps' were entirely for her own pleasure – she was an avid cat-lover – they occupy a special place in her work. Maybe her affinity with cats had to do with her working method – on a shoot, Jane prowled with absolute concentration until she saw her shot and pounced. Most of her cat pictures are one-off exposures at the beginning or end of rolls of film used for her portraits and professional work. In the countless pictures of cats that Jane took, she is obviously drawn to their natural elegance and economy, their self-containment. And it is this special quality that makes so many of her portraits iconic – her capacity to capture deeply respectful images of people entirely on their own terms.
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