20 photos

While I was teaching at RISD, 1976-1979, I made “environmental portraits” of people I knew in Providence, including students. I was interested in photographing Francesca because her “lifestyle” was such an integrated part of her art-making. Her clothing and living situation incorporated the richness of Victorian textures coupled with the ever-present evidence of decay. This was a genuine projection of her persona and not some “style” or device put together as photographic prop.

Today there is obviously a strong following of Francesca and her work. I think her photography continues to resonate with viewers today because of the directness and accessibility of her vision. She projects a haunting melancholy along with a playful, often sensual, acceptance of being captured by the entropy of living. Her casual camera and printing technique reinforce this view of her environment.
Francesca Woodman in her studio-01, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-02, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-03, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-04, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-05, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-06, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-07, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-08, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-09, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-10, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-11, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-12, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-13, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-14, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-15, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-16, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-17, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-18, 1976Francesca Woodman in her studio-19, 1978Francesca Woodman in her studio-20, 1978