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Photographer Fay Godwin dies, 74
Photographer Fay Godwin, one of the UK's most acclaimed landscape and portrait photographers, has died at 74.

Godwin was known for her images of the British countryside as well as portraits of authors such as Ted Hughes and Doris Lessing.

Born in Berlin in 1931, Godwin settled in London in her late 20s.

Paul Hill, professor of photography at De Montfort University, Leicester, and a friend, said she died in Hastings, East Sussex, after a short illness.

'Critical eye'

"Fay Godwin's photographs were about the real world and real people, but imaginatively transformed and enhanced by a sensitive, perceptive and often ironic and critical eye," Prof Hill said.

Godwin won a string of prestigious awards for her work after becoming interested in photography while taking photos of her children.

She was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and had a major retrospective at the Barbican Centre in London in 2001.


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