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Fay's Self Portrait at Pett Levels, East Sussex
Born in 1931 in Germany her Father was a British diplomat and her Mother an American artist. Fay settled to live in London in 1958 and like Julia Margaret Cameron before her came to photography from photographing her children. Self trained she quickly moved to taking portraits of the literary figures of her day but in the 1970's she started photographing the British landscape after recording image from The Ridgeway,
Author Doris Lessing and Trees nr Barbury Castle, Wiltshire
a prehistoric drovers road that traverses the South West of the country. Her landscape photography became more and more popular culminating in a major exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London before it moved to the V&A. She inspired a photography tradition that survives to this day and she also started a photography genre which today we call "micro-landscape" which now has many practioners. We at UKL are proud to say that we were friends with Fay and UKL's editor Sophie was the last person granted by Fay before her untimely passing in 2005.
Sophie's interview with Fay can be read here.
"We must respect the land, it is our birthright and almost every inch of it is densely layered with our island history".
Quoted from "A Vision of Britain" with the permission of The Office of HRH The Prince of Wales.
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