Francesca Woodman

I first came across the work of Francesca Woodman about a week ago through a blog post about the exhibit of her work currently on display at the Guggenheim in New York and have been infatuated with her ever since. Though it was her beautiful dream-like black and white photos that first captured my interest, it was reading more about her short but accomplished life that really fascinated me. Born into an artist family, Woodman began taking photographs at the age of 13 and while still a student developed a complex and mature vision that produced a body of work of over 800 prints and over 10,000 negatives in less than 10 years of shooting. Her work, often done with long exposure times, explored the human body in movement and space and featured mostly herself and other young women as subjects. By studying her haunting work, it feels like she is giving outsiders a tiny glimpse into herself and the feelings of depression she was fighting at the time of her suicide in 1981, at the age of 22.

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