Fay Godwin, one of Britain?s best-known landscape photographers, has died aged 74.

She was self-taught and took up photography in the 1960s, beginning with portraits of her children.

It was after taking a portrait of poet Ted Hughes that Godwin took up landscape photography. He was so impressed by her work that he suggested she photograph some landscapes and he would write poems around them.

Godwin ? who was born in Berlin in 1931- was a former president of the Ramblers? Association (1987-90) and held a series of awards including an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

A major retrospective of Godwin?s work, Landmarks, was held at The Barbican Centre in London in 2001. AP deputy features editor Sarah Jackson who interviewed her at the time said: ?In the months before her death she was still very much involved in the photographic world, and she contacted me to see if I could help publicise the work of another photographer whom she admired.?

Reacting to the news, historian of photography Roger Taylor said: ?It will become evident that we have lost one of Britain?s most celebrated and influential contemporary landscape photographers.?

Godwin died on 27 May after suffering a stroke and had been in hospital since Easter.

For a full obituary see a forthcoming issue of AP.