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Francesca Woodman
     

Francesca Woodman

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by George Woodman (Editor), Chris Townsend
 

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The most comprehensive monograph on one of the most enigmatic photographers of the 20th century - now in paperback"

Woodman's pioneering style and technique have made her one of America's most notable and well-respected photographers of the late 20th century." —Aesthetica

The precocious and brilliant American artist Francesca Woodman, is one

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The most comprehensive monograph on one of the most enigmatic photographers of the 20th century - now in paperback"

Woodman's pioneering style and technique have made her one of America's most notable and well-respected photographers of the late 20th century." —Aesthetica

The precocious and brilliant American artist Francesca Woodman, is one of post-war photography's most original figures. This important book includes a major review of her life's work based on research by art historian Chris Townsend, together with extracts and facsimile pages from Francesca's personal journals edited and curated by her father, George Woodman. This unique and much-admired book is now available for the first time in paperback.

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"Since her untimely death in 1981 at the age of 23, Francesca Woodman has become something of a cult figure, inspiring a trail of young photographers and being selected for biennials and museum shows. The first monograph to document her work reproduces 250 pictures - many new discoveries - and excerpts form her journals." —Art Review

"Woodman's pioneering style and technique have made her one of America's most notable and well-respected photographers of the late 20th century." —Aesthetica

"An intelligent assessment of Woodman as an artist." —The Jackdaw

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714844305
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
254,290
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Townsend is senior lecturer in the department of media arts, Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely and curated many highly acclaimed exhibitions.

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Francesca Woodman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
As it is very easy to dwell on the artists untimely death and the romantic myths surrounding her suicide and her bourgoise lifestyle, this book refreshingly chooses to focus instead on the great body of work left behind, an approach Woodman certainly deserves. It never fails to shock me how incredible her work was for such a young age- bold brave, poetic, sublime and truely beautiful images. Art students and lovers have been awaiting more material on Woodman for some time and this book really is a treasure. Its a thorough book brimming with artwork and worth its weight. The writer draws on many areas of art ciritcsm and theory, a rich insight to the complex readings of her work whilst also revealing Woodman's own sources of inspiration. Drawings on ideas of self-representaion, the essay provides ciritical and important ideas not in terms of Woodman but the genre as a whole and subsequent artists/ideas (eg Cindy Sherman etc). And yes, there are images like these now flooded in art schools, but that is precisely because of the inspiration these images have left behind, Im not saying she was revolutionary, but she was certainly creating these images at a time when indeed the art schools were a long way off being filled by students expressing these aesthetics and ideas! And bar from the discussions on whether she was deserved of so much praise, the images are just simply beautiful, thought-provoking, surreal and romantic, and whats wrong with that even if we have seen it before? This is one of the most in-depth essays and sets of images Ive ever seen presented on an artist- and if you don't like art criticism then the artwork alone is worth every penny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woodman, a young suicide, was probably the greatest photographer of whom you've never heard. Each photograph is a personal revelation, and each tells a diferent aspect of complex personality. For obvious reasons, Woodman's images are extraordarily rare and each is a gem. Since the world is not blessed with a supply of Woodman's wonderful prints, this type of treatment and presentation will have to suffice. This volume has the benefit of being one of the more comprehensive ones available -- includeing many gems I had not seen before -- and in this case more certainly is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love artistic photography, this is for you. A good book with some beautiful pictures. I only wish it was more inclusive of all her work. Like a 'Everything done by' Francesca Woodman book, but, ya can't have everything.