Local collection of images by well known photographer to go on show

30 March 2012

A small display of images by well-known British photographer Fay Godwin, from a local private collection, will go on show on Saturday 31 March at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

During the 1970s and 1980s Godwin produced portraits of well-known writers typically photographed in the sitters' own homes. On show are images of Keith Waterhouse, Tom Stoppard and Ted Hughes. Godwin and Ted Hughes collaborated to create the book Remains of Elmet: A Pennine Sequence (1979) in which photographer and poet focus on the Calder Valley, west of Halifax. In an interview in 2001 Godwin said that this was the book for which she would like to be remembered.

Godwin spent time in the North-east of Scotland and completed a series of photographs called The Oil Rush, taken in Aberdeen, Peterhead and on board oilrigs in the North Sea.

Godwin was also an outstanding landscape photographer. Her love of the land led to her becoming the president of the Ramblers' Association in 1987 and the book for which she will be most remembered Land (1985). On display is one of her finest landscape photographs in which she depicts Britain as ancient terrain - stony, windswept by the elements.

In the 1990s she was offered a Fellowship at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television [now the National Media Museum) in Bradford. She was also awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990. She died in May 2005 in Hastings, England at the age of 74.

The exhibition is open until Saturday 28 July 2012.