Francesca Woodman, Polka Dots, November 1976
Courtesy George and Betty Woodman
American photographer Francesca Woodman created a beguiling and important body of work during her short nine-year career. Working primarily with black-and-white photography, she mined some of the same themes as photographers as stylistically diverse as Ralph Eugene Meatyard (loss and the passage of time) and Cindy Sherman (self-presentation and role-playing). Woodman usually used herself as a model, contorting her body and exploring her relationship to her surroundings, often seeming to merge with them. A recent acquisition, this rare vintage print is part of a series she made wearing a polka dot dress while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design; Woodman printed it at the time and gave it to a friend.