The first time I saw the work of Francesca Woodman was at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Her complete catalog is composed almost entirely of work she produced as a student, “The work of a master of photography”.
From the first moment I love her work. She is someone who makes me think that talent and magic is around us. She was a prolific artist in just short time in her life. She died at 22 years old.
Her artwork is composed approximately of 800 images, most of them are self-portraits. Woodman’s photographs are almost all black-and-white, taken between 1972 and 1981.
Some of these images have a polished smoothness of Surrealist photographs. She uses many Surrealist motifs, among them mirrors, gloves, birds, and bowls. Her hidden figures, show corpses, or ghosts, as if the wall between our world and the spirit realm had begun to fall.