Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island (c. 1976) Like Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman began to make art in the mid-1970s, using herself as the subject of photos with a conceptual edge. But there the comparisons end. While Sherman’s work is all about archly staged artifice and pop culture’s intrusion into daily life, Woodman created a spontaneous theater of self-drama that was as dreamlike as it was nakedly real.

Francesca Woodman, Space Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 Gelatin silver print, x cm Courtesy George and Betty Woodman © George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman - I really like how the artist has managed to create a macabre and ghostly atmosphere within their photograph by getting the sitter to move almost as if they are attempting to shield themselves from the daylight streaming through the open window. I also feel like the scene of destruction within the image, littered all over the floor, also adds to the idea of spirits and the macabre atmosphere.

The Woodmans

Francesca Woodman: House Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 : Since I first found out about her, I have been mesmerized by her poetic photographs. It is such a loss that she took her life at the age of

As a young woman, Francesca Woodman  Photographed herself obsessively but often she appears as a blur of movement or a half-hidden figure, someone constantly trying to escape or hide. The end result is not self-portraiture, but a series of stills from a continuous performance in which she plays with the notion of the self, disguising, transforming and defacing her own body.

Francesca Woodman "Untitled" The motion blur and black and white elements of this portrait give it a relatable quality.

Yes, there are mirrors in the work of Francesca Woodman. A cliche, an homage, a recognition of photography itself being a similar reflection, or even a preoccupation with her own appearance? (Self-deceit #1, Rome, Italy, 1978)

Francesca Woodman, Self-Deceit # 1978 © Betty and George Woodman NB: No toning, cropping, enlarging, or overprinting with text allowed.

Francesca Woodman ‘Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978’, 1975–8 © Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman ‘Space², Providence, Rhode Island, The blurred motion of the subject and their posture adds to the affect of the image. It gives the sense of being isolated and lost, as though trying to find their way.

Francesca Woodman, now showing at the Guggenheim in NYC

Francesca Woodman @ Guggenheim Museum, NYC

Francesca Woodman, Then at one point i did not need to translate the notes; they went directly to my hands, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976

Foto a Fuoco: FotoHistoy - Francesca Woodman

View Untitled, Rome, Italy by Francesca Woodman on artnet. Browse more artworks Francesca Woodman from Victoria Miro Gallery.