Born: 1931. Died: 2005. Nationality: British.
Fay Godwin achieved recognition as one of the outstanding photographers of her generation. Although she didn’t take up photography until her mid-thirties, she was to have a long and prolific career, becoming a supreme exponent of studies of the British landscape.
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Her books often involved collaboration with eminent literary figures, including Islands (1978) with John Fowles, Remains of Elmet (1979) with Ted Hughes, and The Saxon Shore Way (1983) with Alan Sillitoe. The most influential of her books was Land (1985), a compilation of work carried out over a ten year period which sealed her reputation as an artist with both critics and the public. In Our Forbidden Land (1990) she drew attention to the damage caused to the landscape by road builders, developers, the forestry industry and the Ministry of Defence. It won the first Green Book of the Year Award.
Subjects of Fay Godwin’s portrait photography include Philip Larkin, Arnold Wesker, Ted Hughes, Doris Lessing, Kingsley Amis, Tom Stoppard and Saul Bellow and 43 examples of her work are held in the National Portrait Gallery. Other galleries which have exhibited her work include the
|White Cloud near Bilsington|
|Clump In Hollow, Summerhouse Hill|
|Tracks and Groynes, Winchelsea Beach|
|Low Light: Shingle and Groynes|