James Ravilious - photographer of rural life


Black and white photography of rural life and landscape from the 1970's to 1990's - mainly taken in the west of England, but also in France, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and the English Lake District. Also rural life and landscape of the west of England in colour transparencies. Best known for his seventeen year project for the Beaford Photographic Archive.


View towards Iddesleigh & Dartmoor, Devon, England, c1985
Oak tree (after Mondrian), Marsland, Devon, England, 1997

"I know of no other presentation of a particular place and people which is a broad and as captivating as James Ravilious's photographs of North Devon. They are the fruit of a quite exceptional acuity and patience of witness and of a quite unusual humility and warmth of spirit. This great body of work establishes its author as a master of the art of photography whilst at the same time it makes an unparalleled pictorial contribution to social history."
Olive Cook, Matrix


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