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Fay Godwin (17 February 1931 – 27 May 2005) was a noted British photographer, most widely known for her black-and-white landscapes of the British countryside and coast.

 

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Godwin was born Fay Simmonds in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Sidney Simmonds, a British diplomat who had married Stella MacLean, an American artist. She married publisher Tony Godwin in 1961; the couple had two sons, Jeremy and Nicholas.

 

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Godwin was less active in her final years; in a December 2004 interview for Practical Photography, she blamed "the NHS. They ruined my life by using some drugs with adverse affects that wrecked my heart. The result is that I haven’t the energy to walk very far."

 

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Fay Godwin died on 27 May 2005, in Hastings, England at the age of 74. After her death, the Ramblers' Association, an organization led by Godwin from 1987 to 1990, described her presidency as a time when its "long-running right-to-roam campaign was turned up to the full-strength pressure which ultimately resulted in the access provisions enshrined in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003."

 

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Godwin's archive, including approximately 11,000 exhibition prints, the entire contents of her studio, and correspondence with some of her subjects, was given to the British Library.

 

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WIKIPEDIA = Ladies and Gentlemen, the photographer Fay Godwin

 

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I don't get wrapped up in technique and the like.

 

--- Fay Godwin

 

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Maybe black and white is the best medium for landscapes, I don't know.

 

--- Fay Godwin

 

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You can't expect to take a definitive image in half an hour. It takes days, often years.

 

--- Fay Godwin

 

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