Thursday, 4 April 2013

Fay Faces

Doris Lessing, 1980

Frank Muir (and What-a-Mess), 1975

Edna O'Brien, 1974

John Fowles, 1982

Angela Carter, 1976

Keith Waterhouse, 1975

Gunther Grass, 1974

Ted Hughes, 1971
Photographer Fay Godwin (1931-2005) is probably best known for her landscapes. She was self-taught and married to a publisher through whom she met with many poets and authors in her social sphere. As she was never without her camera she was able to snap a number of excellent portraits. Some are casually posed, others more staged and all capture something of the personality of their subject.

Kingsley Amis, 1974
Philip Larkin, 1974

Personal favourites include Kingsley Amis, study floor awash with empty whisky bottles, foggy gaze struggling to focus on the lens, and Philip Larkin practising his best librarian's admonishing hard stare. Larkin wrote of his portraits:

'I think on the whole they are highly successful.
It is not your fault if I look like a cross between an egg
and a bloodhound on some of them.'



All images © Fay Godwin




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