Fay Godwin

(1931—2005) photographer

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(1931–2005), British photographer, who took up photography in 1969 after a career in publishing. Working at first on portraits of writers and social documentary, she became increasingly interested in landscape when the poet Ted Hughes suggested that he would write poems to illustrate her pictures, a work that produced Remains of Elmet (1979). Her mainly monochrome work on the British landscape soon established her as a photographer with a keen eye, but also showed her strong interest in conservation. Land (1985) and its accompanying exhibition confirmed her photographic reputation, and was followed by her election as president of the Ramblers' Association in 1987. Her 21st-century work moved into colour, often used digital imagery, and looked at small-scale, local environments: beaches, nursery gardens, and their associated detritus.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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