Recent Acquisition: Francesca Woodman

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.

About erinbarnett

Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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3 Responses to Recent Acquisition: Francesca Woodman

  1. Mark says:

    i just watched the program of francesca’s life on the public tv channel of the university of central florida. i live here in orlando where the school is located. i had never heard of francesca before and i was very intrigued by the program. she was such a beautiful and talented young woman and such a free spirit. but i understand what she went through in her mind firsthand from my own personal experience. i have been a songwriter/musician all of my life and dealt with depression and dealing with personal demons.

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  3. claire jones says:

    god may she find peace she so needed! but pain n beauty and life are so closely depicted in her wonderful black n whites! shame on you for not giving her the grant! we lost a wonderful human.

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