James Ravilious, photographer son of the neo-romantic artist Eric Ravilious, was featured impressively in the first part of a BBC Countryside episode earlier this month. Ravilious’s work in recording the North Devon countryside has been well recognised and the BBC’s documentary gives a rare insight into the man at work with his beloved Leica.
Ravilious took up photography shortly after moving to Devon in the 1970s when he was asked to contribute work to the Beaford Archive, a project devoted to documenting the lifestyle in a small area of North Devon. It began as a short-term project but turned into a 17-year association with Beaford Arts during which he took over 80,000 monochrome images and preserved some 5,000 old photographs of the area.
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If you would like to read more about James Ravilious you should get this book, “James Ravilious: A Life”, written by his wife, Robin. You can find it here on Amazon.