Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Francesa Woodman: Death and the Image


The title of this post is from an article written about the photographer Francesca Woodman.



Francesca Woodman, the photographer and the subject of many of her photographs, committed suicide when she was 22 years old.


Her work has been described as unsettling, haunting, ambivalent, violent, sexual, surreal and romantic.


Although every article about Woodman refers to her suicide, the critics carefully avoid any suggestion that her work is anything but intellectual. There is rarely any suggestion that her photography might have actually been an indication of her emotional state.

I have to admit that when I got a chance to see some of Francesca Woodman's photographs at an exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery, it was difficult to look at her photographs and not consider that she had taken her own young life.



The hiding of her face, the often seemingly vulnerable poses contrasted against a desolate, derelict setting do hint at something...


That Francesca Woodman was an incredible artist whose work I find truly beautiful, strangely calming and inspiring.

1 comment :

  1. Disturbing indeed...how intriguing though.
    Yes I can imagine that those photos were hard to look at sometimes.
    On an other note... hope for you the sun kept on shining through your Easter?

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