Browsing a few of my favourite blogs I noticed the excitement these bloggers were showing about going to see Francesca Woodman’s photographs. I have never heard of this photographer, so I started searching for some information. As you might guess I was intrigued, as I’m sharing some of the images with you.
Francesca Woodman (1958 – 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring herself and female models. She began taking photographs at the age of thirteen and was only twenty two when she took her own life, yet her work continues to be the subject of much attention.
Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, who are blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), who are merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured.
Some information about the photographs I found on Tate website:
“Woodman’s photographs exhibit many influences, from symbolism and surrealism to fashion photography and Baroque painting. They have a timeless quality that is ethereal and unique.”
“Francesca Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. She puts herself in the frame most often, although these are not conventional self-portraits as she is either partially hidden, or concealed by slow exposures that blur her moving figure into a ghostly presence. This underlying vulnerability is further emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.”
If you’re intrigued even more than I am, you can get books about Francesca or even watch a film called “The Woodmans”:
The Woodmans are a family of well-known artists bonded in their belief of art-making as the highest form of expression. But for their daughter Francesca — one of the late 20th century’s most recognized and influential photographers — fame came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. With unrestricted access to all of Francesca’s photographs, private diaries and experimental videos, The Woodmans traces the story of a family broken and then healed by their art.
Information found on Wikipedia, PBS, Tate.