Rebecca Lilith Bathory

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Rebecca Bathory
Rebecca Bathory in Detroit United States 2016
Born1982 (age 36–37)
EducationUniversity for the Creative Arts London College of Fashion Roehampton University

Rebecca Lilith Bathory (born May 1982),[citation needed] also known as Rebecca Litchfield, is a British photographer, living in London.[1] She is known for her photographic series Return to Fukushima,[2] and Soviet Ghosts.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Bathory was born in Sutton, London, England, on 1 May 1982. 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 London's Mall Gallery.[6]

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[7]

Soviet Ghosts[edit]

Bathory (as Rebecca Litchfield) 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.[8]

Return to Fukushima[edit]

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.[9]


  • 2016: Salon Del Mobile Milan Presentation, Salon Del Mobile, Milan. For Moooi.[10]


  • 2009: Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 Overall Winner, Professional Photographer magazine.[11]
  • 2009: Fashion category winner, Professional Photographer of The Year 2009, Professional Photographer magazine.[12]
  • 2014: Clapham Art Prize Winner. Clapham Art Prize award.[1]


  • Litchfield, Rebecca (2014). Soviet Ghosts The Soviet Union Abandoned: a Communist Empire in Decay. Carpet Bombing Culture. ISBN 9781908211163.
  • Bathory, Rebecca (April 2017). Return to Fukushima. Pro-Actif Communications. ISBN 9781908211484.
  • Bathory, Rebecca (December 2017). Orphans of Time. Rebecca Bathory. ISBN 9781527210394.
  • Bathory, Rebecca (June 2017). Dark Tourism. Carpet Bombing Culture. ISBN 9781908211514.


  1. ^ a b Firsht, Naomi (14 July 2014). "Creative community comes together to celebrate Clapham Art Prize - South West Londoner". South West Londoner. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  2. ^ Sim, David (11 April 2017). "Return to Fukushima: Never-before-seen photos from inside the red nuclear exclusion zone". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  3. ^ Litchfield, Rebecca (10 July 2014). "Soviet Ghosts: an Empire in decay - in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  4. ^ Joseph Flaherty, "Creepy photos of crumbling Soviet-era architecture", Wired, 5 August 2014. Accessed 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ Chris York, "‘Soviet Ghosts’ by Rebecca Litchfield is a haunting collection of former cold war majesty", Huffington Post, 28 July 2014. Accessed 20 August 2014.
  6. ^ "MA_Sters Mall Gallery 2010". Mall Galleries. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-20.[not in citation given]
  7. ^ "Dark Tourism - National Graphic". National Geographic.
  8. ^ "Soviet Ghosts - Carpet Bombing Culture". Carpet Bombing Culture.
  9. ^ "Return to Fukushima - Carpet Bombing Culture". Carpet Bombing Culture. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  10. ^ "New collection presentation Salone del Mobile 2016 art photography by Rebecca Bathory". Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  11. ^ Neill, Katrina (31 October 2012). "UK Photographer Rebecca Bathory Documents the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Places". The Lowepro Blog. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  12. ^ "Professional Photographer of the Year 2009". Professional Photographer. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2014.

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