Fay Godwin

Fay Godwin The Old Path near Corryhabbie Burn Unknown © The Estate of Fay Godwin


Fay Godwin first became interested in photography in the mid-1960s as a result of taking pictures of her young children. Alongside early portrait work, she developed a sophisticated landscape practice, often collaborating closely with writers to produce in depth surveys of particular rural topics or regions. Her photography has sometimes been linked to a tradition of romantic representations of the British landscape, in the manner of Bill Brandt or Edwin Smith. But, as a socialist and active environmentalist, Godwin makes the land in her photographs reveal traces of its history, through mankind's occupation and and intervention.

Glossary terms

  • Prints made in silver bromide or chloride carried in a layer of gelatine on paper.