Fay Godwin remembered: the photographer who taught us to see landscapes differently

Black and white photo by Fay Godwin, from the 2023 exbibition Under a turbulent sky
(Image credit: The Fay Godwin Archive / The British Library)

A major retrospective of the photography of Fay Godwin is opening in Cornwall, UK, next month. Godwin is one of the most celebrated British landscape photographs of the 20th century, and best known for her moody black-and-white images. 

Known as both a photographer and a conservationist, Fay Godwin’s landscape work was both a celebration of Britain’s countryside and a criticism of the damage being done to it. Her work ranged from atmospheric studies of ancient sites in remote locations to pictures showing polluted, rubbish-strewn rivers. Roger Taylor, in his essay for the monograph Landmarks (2002), referred to her ‘mastery of the elusive grammar of greys.’ Born in 1931, she died in 2005 aged 74.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.

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