Francesca Woodman

Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 1976 Francesca Woodman 1958-1981 ARTIST ROOMS  Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008


Woodman died of suicide at the very young age of 22. Woodman took over 800 controversial pictures mostly of herself, naked, that challenged the normative. What her art really meant is still up in the air and is intensely debated even thirty years later.

She committed suicide by jumping off a building in lower Manhattan, within 5 years of her death she was hailed as something virtually unheard of within a male dominated photography industry. Some describe her as the last great Modernist photographer.

What really sticks out to me is Woodman’s courage to use her own body in her photography by challenging society’s gender norms. In my opinion her work was extremely important because I believe it made in impact in the feminist movement to bring to light the difference between men and women and it made the general public mush more aware of the suppression of women in society.


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