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Fay Godwin
Dates: British, 1931 - 2005
Biographical Account:

Fay Godwin was an English landscape photographer. Godwin was born in Berlin, Germany on 17 February 1931. Her mother was an American artist and her father was a British diplomat. They moved to London in the 1950s, where she attended nine different schools before making a career as as travel representative. In 1961 she married Tony Godwin, and they went on to have two sons.

Godwin had no photographic training, and developed her interest in photography at the relatively late age of 35, photographing her two sons.

‘I started life as an amateur photographer in the 1960s, using my camera to photograph my family on days out and holidays. I enjoyed using a camera, and thought that I could do something more with it. To turn photography into a paying hobby, you could say. It was 1966 by the time I started taking pictures seriously and books, newspapers and magazines of the time were full of great pictures that helped to inspire me.’

She experimented during her career and in her later years her work became more abstract. In the 1980s, she began to work in colour, and at the age of 70 embraced the new possibilities of digital photography. She sold all her processing equipment and began to use only a 5 mega-pixel camera and Photoshop to edit the pictures.

In 1987 Godwin became president of the Ramblers’ Association, where she championed the right-to-roam campaign. After her death the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 were passed. Godwin died on 27 May 2005, in Hastings, England at the age of 74.

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