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Rebecca Litchfield Biography and Interesting Facts

Rebecca Lilith Bathory, previously briefly known as Rebecca Litchfield, is a British photographer, living in London. Her photographic series include Soviet Ghosts, Return to Fukushima. Dark Tourism and Orphans of Time.

Early life and education

Bathory was born in Sutton, London. She graduated from University for the Creative Arts with a first class degree in Graphic Design in June 2006. Between 2008 and 2010 she studied for a master's degree in Fashion Photography at The London College of Fashion, for which she was awarded a distinction. She exhibited her final masters project, Edenias, at Mall Gallery in London.In 2014, she was awarded a Techne scholarship for a research PhD degree at the University of Roehampton to research the photography of dark tourism photography. She gained a PhD in Social Anthropology July 2022.


As Rebecca Litchfield, she recorded many abandoned locations within 10 countries of the former Soviet Union, including towns, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theatres, military complexes, asylums and death camps. Bathory's examines a society shrouded by the cold war.Bathory's second book explores the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Photographed within the thirty mile exclusion zone, 2016 was the first time that residents of the town of Tomioka were given permission to return to their homes; Bathory was also given permission to photograph in the exclusion zone. Undertaking an emotional and thought provoking journey to Fukushima. Bathory presents never-before-seen images which provide a unique and moving meditation on human failure seen through the lens of an accomplished artist. Bathory’s images take you behind the scenes of the ghost town that is Fukushima, at turns heartbreaking and devastating. These photographs ask the question - what next for a nuclear future? .In 2016 Bathory photographed her third book Dark Tourism, she travelled around the world to 20 countries to visit 100 dark tourist sites in the UK, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Italy, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, India, USA, Indonesia, Ukraine and Cuba, to explore interesting historical areas of these dark parts of our history. The phrase dark tourism conjures up images and ideas of destinations associated with death, suffering, tragedy and the macabre. This kind of dark tourism is a niche for individuals and groups of like minded people that travel to the same destination for a similar experience, generally recording and taking home images of the unusual places that they visit as souvenirs, a holiday snap with a difference, whether it be dark destinations such as Auschwitz or Chernobyl, or local ossuaries and cemeteries. Photography is an intrusion in the flow of modern society; it fixes and frames and places our view of the world into a different format. Dark tourism is a very visual practice, as is tourism in general; you are not only going to ... Read full biography