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Nikon Owner Issue 2

Sarah - The Duchess of York
Interviewed by Gray Levett


She is perhaps one of the most well-known women in the world and has led one of the most publicly scrutinized lives. Many people think they know who she is and what she is like, but there is another story, another dimension that has not been widely chronicled. For Sarah, The Duchess of York, that other facet is photography, a medium and an art-form that she has worked with for a number of years. Her choice of camera is Nikon. We are therefore very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive interview, which The Duchess kindly agreed to give. As editor of Nikon Owner I met her on a beautiful sunny day at her family home in Sunninghill, Berkshire. We met in a large, elegant drawing room with a blazing fire, surrounded by dozens of framed photographs of family and friends. She entered the room smiling, and after I had spent some time looking through large albums of her photographs of people and places from all over the world, the interview began.

Why did you choose photography?

I love to look at life through the eye of a camera. I have always had a passion for life, and everything I saw I either wanted to paint or photograph with a view to painting it later. Then I realized that photography is an art form in itself and over the years I have become very passionate about it. In fact, I cherish everything I look at through the eye of a camera. For me, taking a good photograph is as rewarding as painting a good picture.

Paddy Fields

How did your interest in photography evolve?