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Francesca Woodman


PhotoUtopia Intro: I first saw Woodman’s work at a retrospective in London, although I had at that point never heard of her, I instantly fell in love with her work. Unfortunately images are not seen in a bubble, and the knowledge of her suicide was always present when looking at these image, so it becomes hard to know how I would read them without that knowledge. For it seems in every image there is a sense of mortality, the presence of absence. In one image we see the ghostly water marks on the floor, that denote a body once there, like a crime scene chalk outline, in this image it is as if the body to the right is looking down upon her own absence, like an angel looking back upon its life. In other images there are white lilies, partially present bodies and signifiers of loneliness and a world in the process of decay.
It worth noting that these images where made by a young woman just out of her teens, with few resources other than her creativity and vision.

Wikipedia*Francesca Woodman (April 3, 1958 - January 19, 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring herself and female models. Many of her photographs show young nude women, blurred by camera movement and long exposure times, merging with their surroundings, or with their faces obscured. Her work continues to be the subject of much attention, years after she committed suicide at the age of 22.
Beginning in 1975, Woodman attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. She studied in Rome between 1977 and 1978 in an RISD honors program. As she spoke fluent Italian, she was able to befriend Italian intellectuals and artists.[4](pp. 26–30,154) She went back to Rhode Island in late 1978 to graduate from RISD.[4](p. 154)[6]

Woodman moved to New York City in 1979. After spending summer 1979 in Stanwood, Washington, she returned to New York. There, "to make a career in photography", she sent portfolios of her work to fashion photographers, but "her solicitations did not lead anywhere.

Official Site: http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php?pxid=171
Other site: http://www.mariangoodman.com/exhibitions/2005-10-29_francesca-woodman/
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