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Francesca Woodman

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This is the only book available on the legendary American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), an artist who has attracted a devoted worldwide following, despite a career of less than a decade, cut short by her tragically early death at the age of 23. With over 250 photographs, some of which have never been exhibited or published before, this is the only comprehensi ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Phaidon Press
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Lisa Vegan
May 02, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Meen
Shelves: art, reviewed, non-fiction
I found this book highly disturbing, for a few reasons. It’s an art book but I felt as though this artist was creating her autobiography through her photographs. I am not at all surprised she committed suicide less than a decade into her career, which started at age thirteen, and it’s very sad that she died at the young age of twenty-two. Most of her photographs are various versions of self-portraits and I felt upset looking at many of them because I could only imagine that she’d been in emotion ...more
Jun 26, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: artbooks
If Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson collaborated on moody self portraits and those of their friends, the photographs would look like this. Wonderful and at times creepy and sad.
Feb 07, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing
As a photographer I feel like Francesca Woodman is very underrated. The photographs in this book are quite extraordinary and displays the talent of an artist who's life and career ended too soon.
Jan 28, 2008 Photogirl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Finally, an affordable collection of Woodman's work. Lovely reproductions with many images I hadn't see before.
Tony Holmes
Jun 21, 2017 Tony Holmes rated it it was amazing
The book is wonderful. You should definitely read it. And here is awesome site that helps students write essays
Apr 25, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing
Because I apparently am a philistine, I did not learn of Francesca Woodman until Thanksgiving evening of 2011, when my wife & I thought we'd accompany our feast with a depressing documentary about "some photographer who killed herself back in the '80s." Well . . . that, she did, but she was more than "some photographer who . . ." The documentary was made all the more wonderful by the fact there was an exhibition of her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I was smitten. For a whil ...more
Ray Dunsmore
Aug 08, 2014 Ray Dunsmore rated it liked it
Francesca Woodman is one of the more interesting portraitists of the human body, partially in how she portrays others but most compellingly in how she portrays herself. She inhabits the frame like a ghost, materializing in between planes stuck in an infinitely preserved loop of time, a soul stuck in vitrine. She passes through walls, seems to exist within them. Her presence is spectral, often possessing the bodies of her models (as so brilliantly illustrated on the cover's photo of models insuri ...more
lee lee
May 01, 2008 lee lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-portraits
i was lucky to snag a copy of this from B&N before last year's go at "teaching" (for lack of a better word). francesca woodman is a breathtaking self-portrait artist--was way before her time. i like to compare her taking advantage of space to emily dickinson's and would actually like to officialy write on such a topic one day. if you haven't already, check her out. ...if you can find her
Clare Szydlowski
Oct 30, 2007 Clare Szydlowski rated it it was amazing
Chronicles the large archive left behind by the young artist, who ended her life at 22.
Townsend's analysis of this extremely abiguous body of photograhpy explores multiple points of entry; surrealist, feminist, formalist ect.. to this stunning but unsettling work. The book also contains excerpts from the artist's journal.
May 22, 2014 Dennis rated it it was amazing
As another reviewer noted, 5 stars for the photographs, but the author was too academic in his interpretation of her work. The interesting text found in the book are extracts from Francesca's journals that were curated by her father and a piece written by one of her friends. Unfortunately none of the text gave an indication on why she cut short her promising career as an artist.
Dec 27, 2011 Kiof rated it it was amazing
the van gogh (or is it supposed to be emily dickinson) of photos. like van gogh, touches on something essential about a being an emotional human being. She gives the human body its day in court, gives it a fair trial, free of judgement and typical American sensationalism. if you think you're not one of her peers, you should feel guilt.
This gorgeous book provided insight into the life of Francesca Woodman, but more importantly changed my views on photography and composition, on gradation and light, on velvety blacks and stone greys. I never knew photography could have such an amazing palette. And I haven't even gotten into her compositions.

This book should be in every art lovers library, and every academic library.
Kat McKay
Aug 02, 2012 Kat McKay rated it it was amazing
Very comprehensive display of her work. Excerpts from her journal are in the back, as well as an account of her life from a close friend.
Jun 06, 2010 Trumagic rated it it was amazing
The only female prodigy I have encountered in photography.
Apr 16, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it
One of my favorite photographers - includes pieces of journal entries, as well as reflective essays on her work.
Apr 03, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Thins is an amazing collection of Francesca's work. If you are a fan of her photography you should own this book. I never get tired of looking at her ephemeral yet timeless body of work.
Mar 11, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing
All time favorite photographer, tragically she died too soon. Such a talent....
Dec 27, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it
the photographs are nicely reproduced and some new never before printed photos...sometimes the deconstruction gets a little wordy...
Victoria Long
Jan 08, 2017 Victoria Long rated it it was amazing
Haunting and complex
Aug 13, 2007 hanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-shelf
this is too lovely.
Mar 20, 2007 nguyen rated it it was amazing
Love it
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