Good questions Bill.
I can't remember the exact camera she used now, but it was certainly medium format. I think it was a Bronica, but definately not a Hasselblad or Rollei. As she composed in camera any 2:3 format images would have been shot on a 6x9.
She certainly paid lip service to the zone system and used a tripod, she would also have used the mirror lock on the camera. As her health became frail, she had a heart problem she began shooting hand hled 35mm colour work.
A couple of years before I first met Fay Godwin I went on a workshop with Peter Cattrel, a Scottish photographer and at the time he was printing for her. I think he printed all the images in her book "Land". Peter was an extremely good printer.
It's probably fair to say that her ealy landscape prints were printed quite harshly, and there was a sudden point where her images and prints became far more tonal and fluid. This is probably after she attended a workshop herself, at paul Hill's "Photographers Place".
This change can be seen in images featureded in an early issue of 10x8 magazine, which were reprinted later for Land. I remember her saying one of her early well known images was particularly difficult to print.
Hope that helps. 3 or 4 years ago I nearly choose to write a dissertation on Fay Godwin while on an MA course, but decided on John Davies instead :-)
Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
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