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Fay Godwin: Land Revisited is at the National Media Museum, Bradford, until 27 March.
Margaret Drabble, reporting on the photographer Fay Godwin in the Guardian, writes eloquently about this poet’s photographer. Godwin worked with Ted Hughes and other poets to illustrate their books with her black and white photographs of the landscapes she loved so much. In Ted Hughes Remains of Elmet she captures the bleak and wild Yorkshire moors in her pictures. On the Isle of Lewis her photo of the Callanish stones stand out against a black sky here.
Godwin went from portrait to landscape photography through a long career, she was also a passionate environmentalist writing about the degradation and destruction of the land on which we live; in Forbidden Land (1990) she says…
…she wrote about the dilemma of access to Stonehenge, a site mass marketed by English Heritage which charges substantial sums to everybody, from individual artists to wealthy advertising companies. She foresaw a time when “the only photographs we are likely to see of the inner circles of Stonehenge will be those approved by English Heritage, generally by their anonymous public relations photographers”. Our common land would be the copyright of others. We are fortunate that she made her journeys round the British Isles when she did.